Deck Watch travels to the Arctic

ARCTIC OCEAN – Vice Adm. Sally Brice-O’Hara, left, watches as the Coast Guard Cutter Healy breaks ice along with the Canadian Coast Guard Ship Louis S. St-Laurent approximately 560 nautical miles North of Barrow, Alaska, during an Arctic domain awareness flight Sept. 3, 2010. Coast Guard photo by Air Station Kodiak.

Deck Watch radio travels to the Arctic with Air Station Kodiak to learn about Arctic Domain Awareness flights. Lt. Dave Corey, an HC-130 Hercules airplane pilot, discusses the the roles and responsibilites of the aircrews for Arctic Domain Awareness flights. Deck Watch is a five to seven minute radio show featuring Coast Guard news across Alaska. Click here to listen. 

Also this week:
May 10 – A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew medevaced three crewmembers from the Seattle-based fishing vessel Alaska Juris 80 miles north of Cold Bay. They were reportedly exposed to an ammonia leak on the vessel. They were taken to Cold Bay then transferred to Anchorage in a Kodiak-based Coast Guard HC-130 Hercules airplane.

May 10 – Coast Guard Station Juneau crewmembers medevaced a 66-year-old female from the cruise ship Carnival Spirit in Gastineau Channel. The boat crew transported the patient to Capital City Fire/Rescue personnel at the Marine Park Dock for further treatment.

May 14 – Sector Anchorage watchstanders were notified that three hunters were stranded on Culross Island after their beached vessel was submerged by the tide. A marine assistance request broadcast notification was sent out and the good Samaritan vessel Loren crew responded. The Loren crew located the stranded hikers and took them back to Whittier.

May 15 – A Kodiak-based MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew received the Naval Helicopter Association Aircrew of the Year Award for their heroic actions rescuing five fishermen from the fishing vessel Midnite Sun February 2011. The Midnite Sun was taking on water and sinking near Afognak Island when the aircrew hoisted them in extreme winter weather. 

May 16 – Coast Guard Air Station Sitka held a change of command ceremony and Cmdr. Ward Sandlin relieved Cmdr. Doug Cameron as Air Station Sitka’s commanding officer. Sandlin is arriving from Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, Fla., where he served as the operations officer.

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