Deck Watch gets SAR savy

A scale map of Alaska is overlaid on a scale map of the contiguous United States for a size and distance comparison. Graphic courtesy University of Alaska Anchorage.

A scale map of Alaska is overlaid on a scale map of the contiguous United States for a size and distance comparison. Graphic courtesy University of Alaska Anchorage.

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

The subject of this week’s interview with Capt. Daniel Travers, District 17 chief of incident managment, is the Coast Guard’s responsiblity for search and rescue across 3.8 million square miles and 42,000 miles of coastline in Alaska.
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Read below to discover what other Coast Guard units were doing this week around the state:

Nov. 12 – District 17 watchstanders received a report from 113-foot fishing vessel Clipper Endeavor crew stating they had lost power. The watchstanders monitored the vessel’s progress as they made their way to Dutch Harbor. The Clipper Endeavor and crew arrived safely to Dutch Harbor Monday afternoon where they were met by Coast Giard inspectors.

Nov. 15 – Sector Juneau watch standers were contacted by the crew of the pleasure craft Cygnus on VHF-FM channel 16 reporting they were disabled and adrift, unable to anchor and at risk of drifting aground. The watchstanders issued an urgent marine information broadcast and requested assistance from Sitka Search and Rescue. The fishing vessel Jeanine Kathleen responded to UMIB and took Cygnus into tow and returned safely to Sitka. The rescue boat from Sitka SAR was stood down.

Nov. 16 – A Station Ketchikan 25-foot response boat crew received a report of the 30-foot vessel Riptide adrift near Point Higgins north of Ketchikan with one person aboard. The boat crew launched and took the vessel in tow. They arrived safely to Bar Harbor in Ketchikan later that morning.

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