Deck Watch: Kodiak community weighs in at Kulluk Tow Incident meeting

 

Kulluk Tow Incident UC community meeting Kodiak

Ivar Malutin, a Sun’aq Tribe elder and 81-year resident of Kodiak, expressed his thanks for the efforts of the unified command and the Coast Guard in particular at a community meeting at the Kodiak High School commons in Kodiak, Alaska, Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Sara Francis.

Capt. Jerald Woloszynski, commanding officer Coast Guard Base Kodiak and Ivar Malutin, a lifelong Kodiak resident and Sun’aq Tribe elder, give their comments during a Kulluk Tow Incident community Meeting in Kodiak, Alaska, Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013. Deck Watch is a weekly radio program covering Coast Guard news and operations in Alaska. U.S. Coast Guard audio by Coast Guard 17th District Public Affairs. Click here to listen to the show.

Jan. 4 – Coast Guard 17th District command center watchstanders received a report of a flashing light in the water approximately 9 miles north of the Akun airport from an airport employee Jan. 4. There are no navigational buoys or markers are in the area. The watchstanders issued an urgent marine information broadcast and directed the launch of an Air Station Kodiak HC-130 Hercules airplane crew to investigate. The Hercules crew saw no signs of distress and could not locate the source of the flashing light due to poor visibility. Weather improved over the evening and the reporting source reported the flashing light was still active. The watchstanders directed launch of a Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-65 Dolphin helicopter forward deployed to Cold Bay to investigate. Once on scene the Dolphin crew located an uncharted spherical yellow buoy. The Dolphin crew completed a search of Surf Bay and did not see any signs of distress.

Jan. 6 – Coast Guard 17th District command center watchstanders received a request from the staff at the Seldovia clinic for a medevac of a 61-year-old man suffering from symptoms of heart failure Sunday. Commercial medevac services were unavailable due to weather. An Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew safely transported the man from Seldovia to emergency medical services in Homer.

Jan. 6 – Coast Guard Sector Anchorage command center watchstanders received a request from the staff at a remote lodge on Raspberry Island near Kodiak for a medevac of a 65-year-old man suffering from broken ribs and a broken clavicle Sunday. Commercial medevac services and the Alaska State Troopers were unavailable due to weather and access. An Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew safely transported the man from Raspberry Island to emergency medical services in Kodiak.

Jan. 10 – Coast Guard Sector Anchorage command center watchstanders received a call on VHF-FM channel 16 from the fishing vessel Neptune crew reporting that they were aground on Raspberry Island and taking on water Thursday morning. The watchstanders issued an urgent marine information broadcast and directed the launch of an Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter. The Jayhawk crew arrived on scene and lowered two dewatering pumps to the vessel’s crew. Three good Samaritan vessels arrived on scene to assist including the Tempest, Silver Star and Arctic Dawn. The three crew of the Neptune were able to patch a 3-inch by 8-inch hole in the hull and intend to refloat the vessel on the next high tide. Upon arrival in Kodiak they will work with Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment Kodiak to assess the hull repair and investigate the cause of the incident.

Jan. 10 – Assessments of the conical drilling unit Kulluk’s hull and seaworthiness for towing are ongoing. The Kulluk is anchored in Kilidua Bay about 25 miles south of Kodiak City. Several tugs and response vessels remain in the area to assist. The unified command for the Kulluk Tow Incident continue to work together to develop future plans for the Kulluk to transit to a port for repairs.

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