Deck Watch: ANT Kodiak works Western Alaska aids

Petty Officer 2nd Class Tracy bench tests an aid at ANT Kodiak

Petty Officer 2nd Class Jay Tracy, an electronics technician at Aids to Navigation Team Kodiak in Kodiak, Alaska, bench tests an aid at the unit Monday, Nov. 19, 2012. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Klingenberg.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Jay Tracy, an electronics technician with Aids to Navigation Team Kodiak, discusses his team’s recent Cold Bay and Aleutian Islands ATON operations from the ANT in Kodiak, Alaska, Monday, Nov. 19, 2012. Deck Watch is a weekly five minute radio program covering Coast Guard news and operations in Alaska. To listen to the show click here.

In other Coast Guard news:

Nov. 20 – The District 17 command center received a call from Guardian Flight services requesting assistance in transporting a 56-year-old woman from Port Graham who was exhibiting signs of pneumonia and shortness of breath Tuesday. Guardian Flight services were unable to make it into Port Graham due to the small airfield. The Coast Guard duty flight surgeon was consulted and recommended the medevac to get the patient to a higher level of care. The Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Kodiak transported the patient in stable condition to Homer to meet Guardian Flight services for further transport to Anchorage.

Nov. 23 – The unified command consisting of the Coast Guard, the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, and Northland Services is continuing their response to the grounding of the tug Polar Wind and their barge on Ukolnoi Island, 40 miles east of Cold Bay this week. Response crews have deployed containment boom around the tug to help minimize any environmental impact after an aerial survey reported a light, broken, rainbow sheen around the grounded vessels Nov. 16. Dive surveys conducted Thursday revealed damage to two of the Polar Wind’s fuel tanks. No additional pollution or impacted wildlife was seen. Fuel lightering operations from the Polar Wind are anticipated to commence Friday afternoon with lightering assets arriving at first light. The five-person crew of the Polar Wind was rescued Nov. 13 after the tug ran aground and began taking on water. The crew was reportedly attempting to recover the barge after their towline had parted. Northland Services hired Global Diving and Salvage to coordinate and manage the response, remove the threat of pollution, and salvage the stricken vessels. Alaska Chadux is working under the direction of Global to respond to any pollution issues. For the latest information please visit: http://dec.alaska.gov/spar/polarwind.

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