Deck Watch: Pilot describes recent in-flight emergency


CG 6005 at Low Cape

A Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter, tail number 6005, sits in the grass at Low Cape more than 85 miles south of Air Station Kodiak, Alaska, Friday, Oct. 12, 2012. The crew was conducting a search for a missing fisherman when they were forced to land due to an in-flight emergency Thursday evening. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Air Station Kodiak.

Lt. Scott Wilkerson, an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter pilot, with Air Station Kodiak, describes his recent experience with an in-flight emergency to Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Klingenberg Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2012. To listen to the show click here.

In other Coast Guard news:

Oct. 15 – Coast Guard Station Valdez responded to a report of the fishing vessel Lucky taking on water in Valdez Arm Monday. The station’s 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew towed the vessel safely to Valdez. The master of the 28-foot vessel called the Coast Guard and reported that the vessel had struck submerged object and lost steering. They were disabled and adrift but did not take on any water. The Sector Anchorage command center issued a marine assistance response broadcast asking for the help of mariners in the area but when it went unanswered they chose to launch the response boat from Station Valdez.

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