Coast Guard weekly news highlights

KODIAK, Alaska - The crew of an Air Station Kodiak MH-50 Jayhawk helicopter prepares to shutdown the aircraft and transfer a patient aboard to awaiting emergency medical services in Kodiak Sept. 30, 2011. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Sara Francis.

Sept. 30 – A Kodiak-based MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew successfully hoisted the 44-year-old master of the fishing vessel Tanusha after Coast Guard Sector Anchorage watchstanders were contacted requesting a medevac. The man had severe injuries to his left ankle.  The helicopter crew returned the man to Air Station Kodiak and transferred him to emergency medical personnel for further transport to Providence Kodiak Island Medical Center.

Oct. 1 – The Coast Guard is conducting dockside exams in Western Alaska and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game will deploy observers aboard participating crab vessels to safeguard the fishing fleet for the 2011 Bristol Bay red king crab season. The fishery opens Oct. 15 and will remain open until the total allowable catch of 7.834 million pounds has been harvested. Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crews have been forward deployed to Cold Bay. A Coast Guard high endurance cutter will also be on patrol in the Bering Sea during the majority of the season.

Oct. 1 – The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Healy has begun their third science mission of the 2011 season. The science team will deploy several types of hydrographic moorings and recover hydrographic moorings deployed on earlier missions. The final mission will be a biology-based mission studying the behavior of copepods in the winter months.

Oct. 6 – The Coast Guard is requesting assistance regarding vandalism to several navigational lights in the Southeast Alaska region. The vandalism includes batteries that were deliberately and illegally removed from a light marking an offshore hazard at Tenakee Springs. This is a safety hazard to mariners and the Coast Guard is requesting the public’s assistance. Anybody witnessing vandalism to a navigational aid or finding a damaged aid should contact Coast Guard Sector Juneau at 907-463-2991 or your nearest Coast Guard unit. Those found guilty of vandalism to ATON can be fined up to $2,500 and imprisoned for up to five years.

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