Weekly Coast Guard Alaska blotter

Aug. 3 – Sector Anchorage watchstanders received notification from the crew of a 24-foot pleasure craft that they were disabled in McClure Bay. The watchstanders issued a marine assistance request broadcast and the crew of the good Samaritan motor vessel Babel Fish responded. The Babel Fish crew towed the pleasure craft safely to Whittier after the vessels stayed in Culross Passage overnight waiting for weather conditions to improve.

Aug. 4 – Sector Anchorage watchstanders received a report from Crowley Marine personnel that the Tug Tanana’s barge ran soft aground on sand in the Tanana River west of Fairbanks Sunday. No damages or pollution were reported. Sector Anchorage watchstanders monitored the situation with Crowley. The barges were refloated and were secured to the shore and will undergo further inspections.

Aug. 6 – District 17 watchstanders received a request from King Cove Medical Clinic personnel, 16 miles east of Cold Bay, for transport of 60 year-old-man reportedly suffering from chest pains. A commercial flight could not land in King Cove due to low visibility and cross winds. A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew deployed on the cutter Midgett and was directed to launch by District 17 personnel. The helicopter crew flew to King Cove and safely transported the man from King Cove to Cold Bay. A Guardian air ambulance airplane and crew took the patient to Anchorage for further care.

Aug. 6 – Marine Safety Detachment Ketchikan personnel received notification Tuesday of some overturned skiffs at the Ketchikan city float. With the inclement weather, the Cruise Ship Princes Sapphire had to use excess thrusters while mooring. The wake from the thrusters caused two small skiffs and a 22-foot fiberglass commercial trawler to capsize at the nearby city float. All fuel sources from the vessels were contained within portable fuel containers and removed with the exception of one fixed tank on the 22-foot vessel, which was sealed. Diversified Diving was hired to conduct salvage operations. MSD Ketchikan personnel monitored the salvage.

Aug. 7 – Personnel from Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak aboard an HC-130 Hercules airplane conducted a successful drop of three canisters to the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Healy north of Barrow. The canisters contained parts and equipment for the ship and the embarked MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Air Station Kodiak. The crew flew several thousand miles to make the delivery.

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