Deck Watch goes aboard the Active

CGC Active and CGC Mustang in Dutch Harbor

The Coast Guard Cutter Mustang crew, homeported in Seward, departs Dutch Harbor to patrol the Gulf of Alaska while the Coast Guard Cutter Active crew, homeported in Port Angeles, Wash., takes a break after returning from patrolling the maritime boundary line in the Bering Sea between the United Sates and Russia July 8, 2012. Coast Guard cutters from across the West Coast of the United States are often assigned patrols in the Gulf of Alaska and the Bering Sea to help ensure the safety of all mariners and fishermen who work on Alaska's remote waters. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class David Mosley.

Lt. Andrew Grantham, Coast Guard Cutter Active operations officer, discusses the crew’s experiences in the Bering Sea on their recent patrol July 16, 2012, in Dutch Harbor, Alaska. Deck Watch radio is a five min weekly radio show covering Coast Guard news and operations in Alaska. To listen to the show click here.

In other Coast Guard news:

July 13 – A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew medevaced an ailing fisherman from the 46-foot fishing vessel Venture in Aniakchak Bay 35 miles northeast of Chignik July 13. Coast Guard District 17 watchstanders received a call from the crew of the Chignik-based fishing vessel at 12:30 p.m. requesting a medevac for the man who was reportedly suffering from cardiac complications. The duty Coast Guard flight surgeon was consulted and recommended the medevac. The Coast Guard launched the rescue helicopter crew from Kodiak within about 30 minutes of the request. The Jayhawk crew arrived on scene with the fishing vessel Venture at 3:28 p.m., safely hoisted the 58-year-old crewmember aboard the rescue helicopter and delivered him to emergency medical services in Port Heiden at 4:35 p.m. He was further medevaced to Anchorage by a Guardian Flight air ambulance.

July 13 – Volunteers from Coast Guard Sector Anchorage partnered with the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10252 on Mountain View Drive in Anchorage to assist with the renovation and restoration of one of the VFW’s buildings July 13. VFW Post 10252 has been working to renovate their building in an effort to expand the services they offer and attract more active duty military personnel by serving as a hub for entertainment and relaxation. Several Coast Guard volunteers lent their time and youthful energy to some of the demolition tasks that are more challenging for the veterans to complete on their own.

July 14 – Coast Guard personnel in Unalaska continue to investigate reports that the Noble Discoverer dragged anchor Saturday and drifted toward shore near Unalaska Island. There are no reports of injuries to the crew, pollution or damage to the Noble Discoverer. The Coast Guard received a report at 5:18 p.m. Saturday that the Noble Discoverer dragged anchor 175-yards from the shore of Unalaska Island and was drifting toward land. The crew immediately let out more anchor chain to slow the drift and called for a tug assist. The tugs were able to tow the vessel back to a safe anchorage. The crew aboard the Noble Discoverer stated that while they came extremely close to land they did not feel any impact or vibration to indicate a grounding.

July 14 – The Coast Guard Cutter Long Island escorted the 66-foot tug Capt. Hendren to Cordova safely Monday. The tug arrived safely in Cordova at about 3:27 p.m. Coast Guard personnel will attend the vessel in Cordova and inspect repairs once they have been completed prior to vessel getting underway again. The Coast Guard was notified at 2:17 p.m. Sunday that the tug had experienced a steering casualty and was disabled and adrift with four people aboard in 23 to 28 mph winds and 8-foot seas. The Valdez-based Long Island was dispatched to respond. The Capt. Hendren in homeported in Portland, Ore., and was on a voyage from Portland to Nome, Alaska, when they suffered the steering casualty. No injuries or pollution were reported in connection with the incident.

July 16 – The Coast Guard opened its seasonal forward operating location in Barrow Monday in preparation for the anticipated increase of maritime activities in the Arctic. FOL Barrow is part of Arctic Shield 2012, which focuses on operations, outreach and an assessment of the Coast Guard’s capabilities above the Arctic Circle. The FOL in Barrow consists of two Kodiak-based MH-60 Jayhawk helicopters with supporting air, ground and communications crews. The Coast Guard crews will provide a vital forward deployed presence in the Arctic during the summer operational period. Air Station Kodiak is more than 900 miles away from Barrow; having the FOL in place significantly increases our readiness and allows us to respond quicker to an emergency. Arctic Shield 2012 kicked off in February with outreach efforts to 27 tribal communities in Northern Alaska. Outreach efforts included meetings, medical, dental and veterinary assistance as well as water safety, ice safety, boating safety and commercial fishing vessel safety training at local schools and with search and rescue organizations. Capabilities assessments will include a joint training exercise with U.S. Northern Command, Navy Supervisor of Salvage and Diving and other agency partners to deploy Spilled Oil Recovery System equipment from a Coast Guard buoy tender into the Arctic waters off of the coast of Barrow.

July 18 – A Coast Guard Station Ketchikan law enforcement team directed the operator of a commercial fishing vessel to return to port after several safety violations were discovered aboard Tuesday. Station crewmembers escorted the lone fisherman aboard the 24-foot fishing vessel Brynn Tamara, to port in Metlakatla after it was discovered that he did not have required safety gear including cold water immersion suits, emergency flares, a life ring, a sound producing device and fire extinguishers aboard. Station crewmembers boarded the vessel around 7 p.m. more than 20 miles east of Metlakatla during a random safety check. The Coast Guard has the responsibility to ensure the safety of all mariners on Alaska’s waterways and at-sea inspections are an essential tool toward ensuring safety. A violation has be issued for each discrepancy, however, some violations can be dismissed if the boat owner can show proof the issues were remedied. The fishing vessel will not be authorized to leave port again until all discrepancies are fixed.

July 19 – A Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Kodiak responded to a report of a 65-year-old woman with shoulder injuries suffered in an ATV accident near Sultry Cove in Kodiak Thursday. The rescue crew safely transported the woman to Air Station Kodiak where she was met by Kodiak City Fire Department emergency medical personnel who further transported her to Providence Kodiak Island Medical Center.

July 20 – Capt. Melissa Rivera relieved Capt. Bill Deal as commanding officer of Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak during a change of command ceremony Friday. Deal has commanded the air station for three years and will be retiring from active duty after 28 years of service. He and his family plan to remain in Kodiak. This will be Rivera’s third tour in Alaska, second in Kodiak. Rivera is arriving from Air Station Borinquen in Puerto Rico, where she served as executive officer of the unit and flew MH-65 Dolphin helicopters.

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