Deck Watch discusses vessel safety with Sector Juneau

Lt. Jonathan Dale, a marine inspector with the Coast Guard Sector Juneau prevention department, briefs the captain of a cruise ship before beginning an examination in Juneau, Alaska, Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012.  Coast Guard marine inspectors from Alaska, Washington and Florida all took part in the cruise ship exam in order to ensure standardization in procedures and enhance training. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Grant DeVuyst.

Lt. Jonathan Dale, a marine inspector with the Coast Guard Sector Juneau prevention department, briefs the captain of a cruise ship before beginning an examination in Juneau, Alaska, Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012. Coast Guard marine inspectors from Alaska, Washington and Florida all took part in the cruise ship exam in order to ensure standardization in procedures and enhance training. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Grant DeVuyst.

Lt. Jonathan Dale, a marine inspector with Coast Guard Sector Juneau, who explain the role he plays in keeping mariners safe throughout Alaska Friday, Sept. 14, 2012, in Juneau, Alaska. Deck Watch is a weekly radio program highlighting Coast Guard news and operations throughout Alaska. To listen to the show click here.

In other Coast Guard news:

Sep. 14. – A Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Forward Operating Location Barrow rescued two people from a plane crash 160 miles south of Barrow Friday night.┬áThe Coast Guard received a request at 7:30 p.m. for an agency assist from the Air Force command center in Anchorage to investigate the source of an electronic location transmitter registered to a single-engine airplane detected south of Barrow. The Air Force received notification of the ELT signal at 6:55 p.m. from the U.S. Mission Control Center and determined the Coast Guard helicopter in Barrow was the closest resource to investigate the signal.┬áThe Coast Guard launched the rescue crew from Barrow who arrived on scene approximately an hour later. Upon arrival the crew located father and son in good condition with no injuries, landed and took them aboard the helicopter. They were returned safely to Barrow at 11:55 p.m. where they were transferred to Barrow emergency medical services.

Sep. 20 – The Coast Guard rescued four men from a life raft after they abandoned their fishing vessel more than 30 miles south of Resurrection Bay, Thursday night. Coast Guard Sector Anchorage watchstanders received a mayday call on marine VHF radio channel 16 at 9:01 p.m. from the crew of the 110-foot fishing vessel Moonlight Maid. The crew reported that the vessel was sinking and they were donning survival suits and boarding their life raft. Sector Anchorage watchstanders directed the launch of a Kodiak-based MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew to rescue the men in distress. The helicopter crew located the four men in their life raft at 10:51 p.m. The rescue crew safely hoisted the fishermen and took them to Seward where they were transferred to emergency medical personnel. There were no reported injuries. The vessel was reportedly carrying approximately 3,000 gallons of diesel fuel. A Coast Guard helicopter crew will conduct an over flight to check for debris and pollution. The Sector Anchorage response department will conduct an investigation into the incident. Weather at the time the vessel sank was reported as 20 to 30 mph winds and 13-foot seas.

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