Deck Watch goes aboard the Sycamore

KETCHIKAN, Alaska - Maintenance work is conducted on the Coast Guard Cutter Sycamore in drydock in Ketchikan March 13, 2012. The 225-foot Cordova-based cutter is scheduled to be underway again soon and will conduct aids to navigation missions in the Wrangell Narrows. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Ens. Carla Geyer.

KETCHIKAN, Alaska - Maintenance work is conducted on the Coast Guard Cutter Sycamore in drydock in Ketchikan March 13, 2012. The 225-foot Cordova-based cutter is scheduled to be underway again soon and will conduct aids to navigation missions in the Wrangell Narrows. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Ens. Carla Geyer.

This week Deck Watch looked at the training involved in keeping the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Sycamore, a Juniper-class buoy tender, prepared for operations. Click here to listen to the show.

In Coast Guard news this week:

June 8 – 15 – Coast Guard personnel are continuing to work with key stakeholders to clean and contain the area around the Army vessel Monterrey, which began taking on water the night of June 8 and remains beached on Puffin Island in Chiniak Bay near Kodiak. After a shoreline assessment by two Marine Safety Detachment Kodiak teams, two areas were identified for cleanup. Absorbent pads will be used to clean as much fuel from these areas as possible. Containment booms established around the Monterrey have reportedly remained effective and absorbent material on the booms is being replaced regularly. A salvage plan has been provided by the Army Corps of Engineers to the Coast Guard and following approval the intention is to refloat the vessel. Click here to see images.

June 8 – A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew medevaced a 43-year-old fisherman who reportedly received an electric shock and was suffering from cardiac complications 172 miles northwest of Dillingham June 8. The Jayhawk crew arrived on scene with the fishing vessel Cape Horn at 1:25 p.m., safely hoisted the crewmember and delivered him to emergency medical services in Dillingham at 3:10 p.m. The crewmember reportedly received a shock of 480 volts while working on the electrical switchboard aboard the vessel. The Cape Horn is a 145-foot fishing vessel based in Seattle.

June 11 – Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak personnel medevaced the captain of the fishing vessel Providence after he injured his hand near Chignik Monday morning. An Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew and a supporting HC-130 Hercules airplane crew launched at 4:35 a.m. after. The injured captain of the 86-foot Providence was transferred to the 87-foot Flying Ocean and the Flying Ocean crew began making way towards Kodiak to shorten the helicopter’s response distance. The Jayhawk crew rendezvoused with the Flying Ocean crew near Sutwik Island and safely hoisted the patient at 6:54 a.m. before returning to Kodiak and transferring him to emergency medical services. To read more and see images click here.

June 13 – Coast Guard aircrews from Cordova and Kodiak responded to a report of the fishing vessel Daniel D. Takak taking on water 115 miles south of Cordova Wednesday. An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew and an HC-130 Hercules aircrew dropped dewatering pumps to the vessel. The fishing vessel crew was able to keep up with the flow of water and make repairs. A good Samaritan fishing vessel was also on scene and rendered assistance.

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