Deck Watch looks at safety for Nome-based gold dredgers

NOME, Alaska – Dredging vessels sit in Nome Harbor June 3, 2012. As a direct result of outreach efforts by the Coast Guard, many of the dredging vessels have acquired proper safety equipment since the Coast Guard’s first visit in 2011. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. William Albright.

NOME, Alaska – Dredging vessels sit in Nome Harbor June 3, 2012. As a direct result of outreach efforts by the Coast Guard, many of the dredging vessels have acquired proper safety equipment since the Coast Guard’s first visit in 2011. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. William Albright.

This week Deck Watch looked at the Coast Guard’s role in keeping gold-dredging mariners safe in Nome. To listen to the show click here. For more about the mission read our blog on the topic here.

June 15 – The 174-foot Army vessel Monterrey was refloated and moved from Puffin Island to the LASH Marine Terminal in Womens Bay near Kodiak June 15. Coast Guard personnel working with the Army Reserve and the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation responded to and investigated any reports of fuel spilled when the vessel struck a rock and then was intentionally grounded on Puffin Island in Chiniak Bay near Kodiak since June 8. The vessel remains moored at LASH while temporary repairs are affected.

June 17 – A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew rescued five crewmembers from the sinking fishing vessel Scandia more than 70 miles west of Kodiak Sunday. The Coast Guard received a call at 11:35 a.m. that the 58-foot fishing vessel was taking on water and the crew was unable to keep up with the rate of flooding. As a result, the crew donned survival suits, deployed a 17-foot skiff and abandoned ship. All five crewmembers of the Scandia were hoisted from the skiff at 1:23 p.m. and safely delivered to Air Station Kodiak. There were no injuries or medical concerns reported by the crew. The fishing vessel subsequently sank and was reportedly carrying 1,200 gallons of diesel and 80 gallons of lube oil, however, there have been no reports of pollution at this time. The Coast Guard investigation into the incident is ongoing.

June 18 – Coast Guard District 17 command center personnel received a request for a medevac of a 69-year-old man near Cordova from the U.S. Forest Service and the Alaska State Troopers Monday. The man was suffering from a knee injury sustained in a fall from a snow bridge. Ground teams were unable to assist due to the snow depth along the route prompting the Coast Guard to launch an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter and crew from Cordova who safely picked up and transported the man to emergency medical crews in Cordova.

June 18 – Also Monday Sector Juneau watchstanders received a report from a crewman aboard the fishing vessel Wind Song that his friend had gone ashore earlier in the evening with his dog for a few minutes and has not been seen for over two hours. An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Air Station Sitka was launched to assist with search. The aircrew located the individual shortly after arriving on scene and took the overdue person to Craig.

June 19 – Coast Guard personnel oversaw the successful relocation of the 49-foot fishing tender Raidawn to Cordova Tuesday following an intentional grounding in Main Bay in Prince William Sound. A visual inspection of the Raidawn by Coast Guard response personnel found a 12 inch by 4 inch fracture on the left side of the hull in the vicinity of the engine room. Alaska Marine Response successfully removed 3,400 gallons of diesel and 580 gallons of gasoline from the vessel and applied a temporary soft patch to the fracture. AMR towed the Raidawn to Cordova for permanent repairs Tuesday afternoon, with approval from the captain of the port Prince William Sound. Coast Guard Sector Anchorage watchstanders received a distress call Monday at 12:23 a.m. when the Raidawn crew reported they were taking on water after striking a rock in Main Bay. Five minutes later, the 49-foot stern trawler Bipolar arrived on scene, took the Raidawn into tow, and intentionally grounded the vessel to prevent its total loss and mitigate the risk of a pollution incident. Both Raidawn crewmembers were safely transferred off the vessel and no injuries were reported. The Coast Guard investigation into the incident is ongoing.

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