Weekly Coast Guard Alaska blotter

Sept. 9 – A Coast Guard Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew rescued seven people after the 78-foot passenger vessel Northern Song went soft aground near Baranof Island in Southeast Alaska. The helicopter crew landed on the shore, embarked the passengers and safely transported them to Sitka with no reported injuries. The master of the vessel and three crewmembers stayed aboard the Northern Song and refloated the vessel at about 9:15 a.m. There was no reported damage or pollution. The Coast Guard Cutter Naushon and crew conducted a safety boarding on the vessel and did not note anything of concern. The Northern Song and crew are moored safely at their homeport of Petersburg late that night. For more information on this case and imagery please click here to view the press release at www.uscgalaska.com.

Sept. 10 – The Coast Guard responded to a report of a man who fell overboard from the 936-foot Korean-flagged container vessel Mol Explorer 900 miles southeast of Kodiak. Two Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak HC-130 Hercules airplane crews searched an area covering more than 1,500 square miles. The Mol Explorer and crew searched the area, but have since continued their voyage to Tokyo. Weather conditions were reported at one mile of visibility, nine-foot seas, 10 mph winds with a water temperature between 68 and 72 degrees. The Coast Guard suspended the search Sunday at 8 p.m.

Sept. 12 – In response to the activation and multiple reports of a 121.5 MHz electronic location transmitter in the vicinity of Ouzinkie, District 17 command center watchstanders launched an Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew. The helicopter crew used direction finding equipment aboard the helicopter to home in on the signal at the Ouzinkie landfill. Ouzinkie personnel located ELT and secured it. There was no distress. The public is reminded to secure any ELT or EPIRB before disposing of it an batteries may continue to work past their expiration date. It is also important to register your device with NOAA to aid rescuers in identifying and locating you should your device be activated.

Sept. 12 – The Sector Anchorage command center received a report of the fishing vessel Rainbow Warrior taking on water in Cook Inlet, 53 miles west of Homer. The Coast Guard launched an HC-130 Hercules airplane and crew and diverted the crew of a MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from another mission to assist. Through further contact the master of the vessel reported to the Coast Guard that they hit a rogue wave that caused a 3-foot by six-foot hole in hull. The crew patched the hole effectively and were no longer taking on water.

Sept. 13 – District 17 command center watchstanders received a report from Health Force Partners of Seattle of a 42-year-old man suffering from pain in the lower half of his body as the result of a being crushed by table in Akutan. The Coast Guard duty flight surgeon recommended providing patient with pain medications and monitored his status with hourly updates. After two hours the patient’s vitals improved and he was transferred to Dutch Harbor aboard the fishing vessel.

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