Deck Watch learns safety inspections, weekly news highlights

KODIAK, Alaska - Petty Officer 1st Class Andrew Frank, a marine science technician with Marine Safety Detachment Kodiak, reviews the expiration date on an emergency positioning indicating radio beacon on the fishing vessel Silver Spray to help inform the vessel's captain Bill Prout Sept. 28, 2010. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Lally.

KODIAK, Alaska - Petty Officer 1st Class Andrew Frank, a marine science technician with Marine Safety Detachment Kodiak, reviews the expiration date on an emergency positioning indicating radio beacon on the fishing vessel Silver Spray to help inform the vessel's captain Bill Prout Sept. 28, 2010. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Lally.

Deck Watch sits down with Petty Officer 3rd Class Amanda Koch, with Marine Safety Detachment Kodiak, about the safety inspections taking place for the red king crab season.

Deck Watch is a five to seven minute radio show featuring Coast Guard news across the state of Alaska.

To listen to this week’s show, click here.

U.S. Coast Guard audio for District 17 External Affairs.

Also here’s what happened around Alaska this week:

Oct. 8 – Sector Anchorage watchstanders received a mayday broadcast on VHF-FM channel 21. An Air Station Kodiak HC-130 Hercules aircrew searched but did not find any signs of distress. The case was suspended.

Oct. 9 – Sector Anchorage watchstanders heard a call of “help” on VHF-FM channel 21 near Cold Bay. An Air Station Kodiak MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew conducted a shoreline search with negative results. The case was suspended.

Oct. 11 – Personnel with the Alaska Ferry Taku reported seeing a single red flare in Clarence Strait near Behm Canal. A Station Ketchikan boat crew and an Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew searched, but did not find any signs of distress. The case was suspended.

 Oct. 12 – King Salmon Police Department reported four people aboard a 26-foot skiff were adrift in heavy seas about 11 miles north of Egegik on the east side of Bristol Bay. An Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew searched the area and found the skiff ashore with no one in sight. The following day, the four people were found in a cabin in good condition. The helicopter and crew took them back to Egegik.