A Deck Watch ghost story

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Coast Guard responders and Anchorage Police Department officers board the 53-foot grounded landing craft Sealander at the Port of Anchorage small boat ramp Oct. 27, 2011. No pollution or injuries resulted from the grounding and Coast Guard responders plan to refloat the vessel on the next high tide. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Sector Anchorage.

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Coast Guard responders and Anchorage Police Department officers board the 53-foot grounded landing craft Sealander at the Port of Anchorage small boat ramp Oct. 27, 2011. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Sector Anchorage.

In the spirit of Halloween, the feature this week is an interview by Auxiliarist Drew Herman with Jane Eiseman, who teaches maritime stewardship and basic seamanship at Kodiak High School, about her spooky experience on a local fishing vessel.

Deck Watch is a five to seven minute radio show featuring news across Alaska. U.S. Coast Guard audio by D17 External Affairs.

To listen to the show here.

Here’s what happend around the state this week:

Oct. 24 – 911 dispatch notified the District 17 command center watchstanders of a 34-year-old man recovered from 20-feet of water after an apparent dive accident while fishing for sea cucumbers in Funter Bay. At the time of notification the man had been unresponsive for 20 minutes and was 45 minutes from arriving at Auke Bay near Juneau. Sector Juneau watchstanders started a communications check in schedule with the vessel and launched a Station Juneau response boat crew but they were stood them down due to the subject vessel’s proximity to port. The master transported the man to emergency medical personnel in Auke Bay. Sector Juneau is investigating the accident.

Oct. 24 – Sector Juneau watchstanders heard a transmission of “help” on the Manly and Angoon radio high sites. Running an urgent marine information broadcast turned up someone who had received the transmission on his home VHF-FM radio, allowing the watchstanders to narrow the search to the Angoon region. The Coast Guard Cutter Anacapa was diverted from a patrol to conduct a search with two Angoon search and rescue vessels. After saturating the area no signs of distress were seen and the case was suspended.

Oct. 25 – Sector Juneau watchstanders overheard a PAN PAN broadcast on VHF channel 16. Further investigation revealed that Angoon volunteer search and rescue had launched a search boat for a 22 FT Olympic pleasure craft with two hunters aboard overdue on a trip from Angoon to Hood Bay and back. The hunters left Angoon at 7 a.m. and should have returned by sunset. Departure and non-arrival were confirmed. Sector Juneau watchstanders issued an urgent marine information broadcast. Terrain and high winds were not conducive to night aerial searching. An Air Station Sitka first light search was planned but not needed. At about midnight the Angoon SAR volunteers found the hunters ashore and in good condition waiting for the weather to improve. The Angoon SAR boat escorted the Olympic back to Angoon.

Oct. 27 – Sector Anchorage watchstanders received a report that the landing craft Sealander was aground on the Port of Anchorage small boat ramp from the Anchorage Fire Department. A crewmember from the vessel suffered a severe injury to his arm when it became entangled in the anchor line and was taken to the hospital. Sector Anchorage personnel are responding to and investigating the grounding. No pollution has been reported.

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