Coast Guard weekly news highlights


KODIAK, Alaska - A Coast Guard Aids to Navigation Team Kodiak boat crew drives a new 38-foot Special Purpose Craft - Training Boat in Womens Bay Sept. 27, 2011.

Sept. 24 – A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak HC-130 Hercules aircrew conducted an overflight of a Russian ice research camp and the Russian icebreaker Rossiya more than 850 miles north of Barrow. The Hercules crew conducted the overflight to check on the status of the research camp, ensuring the Russian personnel were not in distress due to the ice breaking up.

Sept. 26 – Sector Juneau watchstanders received a report of a 16-foot skiff with three people aboard overdue from a hunting trip. Their intended route was from Auke Bay to the west side of Douglas Island. Sector Juneau confirmed later that day the vessel was safely moored in Auke Bay with no signs of distress.

Sept. 27 – District 17 watchstanders received a request for a medevac of a 56-year-old man reportedly suffering from an blood clot in his left leg requiring immediate medical attention. An Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew and HC-130 Hercules airplane crew launched to assist. The Jayhawk helicopter crew picked up the man in Dutch Harbor and transported him to Cold Bay. The man was transferred to a commercial medevac service for transport to Anchorage.

Sept. 28 – Coast Guard personnel from Marine Safety Detachment Unalaska responded to a report of a fuel spill from the 495-foot refrigerated cargo vessel Nelson Star moored at the Kloosterboer packing facility. Responders deployed boom around the vessel and are working to clean up the bunker fuel. Coast Guard personnel estimate no more than 250 gallons of fuel entered the water. The spill occurred while the vessel was pumping out their bilge holding tank. How bunker fuel entered the tank is being investigated. The vessel is being held in port pending the outcome of the investigation and any necessary repairs.

Sept. 28 – District 17 watchstanders received a request for a medevac of a 74-year-old man reportedly suffering from chronic heart problems. An Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew launched and picked up the patient in Haines. They transferred him to an awaiting Guardian Flight aircraft in Juneau for further transport to Anchorage.

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