Deck Watch links families to commands

KODIAK, Alaska - Anna Keeman, the Coast Guard Cutter Liberty ombudsman, takes part in the 2011 Ombudsman Conference in Kodiak Oct. 26, 2011. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Lally.

An ombudsman is a volunteer, who may be a spouse, reservist or auxiliarist, that is designated by a command to serve as a link between the command and families, assisting the command in its functions of providing information and related services to families regarding sources of assistance available to them, Coast Guard and command policies and activities of interest to family members.

The Atlantic Area regional ombudsman coordinator, Lori Carrington, travelled to Kodiak to train Alaska’s ombudsmans.  Petty Officer 1st Class Sara Francis interviewed Carrington about the training and what it provided.

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

Here’s what happened around Alaska this week:
Oct. 31 – An Air Station Kodiak Jayhawk helicopter crew rescued two men from Raspberry Island. The men hailed a good Samaritan crew using flares after being stranded for 18 hours. The aircrew took the men to the air station reportedly in good condition.

Oct. 31 – A Station Valdez boat crew escorted the 22-foot pleasure craft Hat Trick and crew from Hinchinbrook Island to Cordova. The boat and two men were stranded Oct. 30 after the Hat Trick became grounded on a gravel beach. The Hat Trick was refloated during high tide. No pollution was reported.

Nov. 1 – An Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew rescued a man from a sinking 22-foot pleasure craft in Keku Strait just south of Conclusion Island. He was transiting from Kake to Wrangell and was reported overdue by his family. The aircrew took him to Wrangell reportedly in good condition.

Nov. 1 – Four red flares were sighted north of Kodiak Island and two Air Station Kodiak Jayhawk helicopter crews conducted two searches looking for signs of distress. No signs of distress were sighted and the search was called off.

Nov. 1 – An Air Station Kodiak Jayhawk helicopter crew operating out of Cold Bay conducted a non-maritime medevac of a man suffering from chest pains. The rescue crew took the man from the King Cove Clinic to Cold Bay. Guardian Flight Services transported him to Anchorage for further medical care.

Nov. 2 – Coast Guard crews from Air Station Sitka and Station Juneau responded to a disabled and adrift 24-foot pleasure craft in Icy Strait. The crew of the Tlingit Boy II was battling 40 mph winds and eight-foot seas near Whitestone Harbor. An Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew was launched and arrived to the area just before the crew of the good Samaritan vessel Vagabond Queen arrived. The Vagabond Queen towed the Tlingit Boy II to Juneau arriving safely at about 1 a.m.

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