Deck Watch celebrates National Safe Boating Week

Kids Don't Float

KOTZEBUE, Alaska – Petty Officer 1st Class Eileen Nelson with Marine Safety Unit Morgan City, La., participates in a Kid’s Don’t Float program during the Alaskan Native Outreach, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2009, with Kotzebue elementary students at Kotzebue Public School. The program focuses on the importance of wearing life jackets. Nelson spoke about her experiences and traveling opportunities since she has been in the Coast Guard. Her hometown in Igiugig, Alaska, and has been in the Coast Guard for 17 years. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Charly Hengen.


Deck Watch is a five to seven minute radio show featuring Coast Guard news across Alaska. It’s National Safe Boating Week and Lt. Matthew Zinn, supervisor Marine Safety Detachment Kodiak, provides tips on staying safe in Alaska waters this summer. To listen to the show click here.

In other Coast Guard news:

May 20 – A Coast Guard Station Ketchikan 25-foot Response Boat-Small crew rescued a kayaker near Ketchikan Sunday. The Coast Guard was notified by the Alaska State Troopers at 10:30 a.m. of a person in the water in Thorn Arm, about 12 miles southeast of Ketchikan. The RB-S crew arrived on scene and took the kayaker aboard, who was reportedly showing signs of severe hypothermia. He was reportedly not wearing his life jacket. The small boat crew brought the kayaker to Ketchikan where awaiting emergency medical services took him to PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center for further medical care.

May 22 – A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew medevaced a 57-year old crewman reportedly suffering from severe abdominal pain from the 76-foot fishing vessel Polaris 23 miles northwest of Chirikof Island in the Gulf of Alaska Tuesday. The rescue helicopter crew safely hoisted the patient from the vessel and delivered him to awaiting emergency medical crews in Kodiak at 4:06 p.m. for further transport to Providence Kodiak Island Medical Center for treatment.

May 23 – A Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Sitka medevaced a 56-year-old man from Klawock to Ketchikan with injuries sustained when he was crushed underneath a log truck while attempting to change a tire in Coffman Cove Wednesday night. Personnel on scene extracted the man from under the truck and transported him in a Suburban across Prince of Wales Island to meet the rescue helicopter crew in Klawock. The patient was safely transported to EMS in Ketchikan for trauma evaluation.

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