Deck Watch follows SPAR to Hawaii for TSTA

CGC SPAR tows CGC Kittiwake

Members of the Kodiak-based Coast Guard Cutter SPAR mind the tow during a training evolution with the Honolulu-based Coast Guard Cutter Kittiwake in the waters off Hawaii Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013. The Coast Guard Cutter SPAR is participating in Tailored Ship’s Training Availability to tests the crew’s ability to perform all missions. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Coast Guard Cutter SPAR.

Petty Officer 1st Class Eric Bechtel discusses the Coast Guard Cutter SPAR’s participation in Tailored Ship’s Training Availability from Honolulu Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013. Deck Watch is a weekly radio program covering Coast Guard news and operations throughout Alaska. U.S. Coast Guard audio by Coast Guard 17th District Public Affairs. Click here to listen to the show.

In other Coast Guard news this week:

Jan. 25 – The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Naushon terminated the voyage of the fishing vessel Snark near Sitka after discovering several safety issues aboard the vessel Jan. 26. The crew of the Naushon escorted the 42-foot wood hull fishing vessel, with three people aboard, to Sitka Harbor. The Naushon crew conducted the boarding in Sitka Sound where they discovered the missing survival suits and observed several cracks in the vessel’s buoyant apparatus, raising questions about its usability. The Snark’s crew has been ordered to fix discrepancies in coordination with a commercial fishing vessel examiner prior to getting underway again.

Jan. 29 – Coast Guard crews and a good Samaritan assisted the crew of a 70-foot fishing vessel Masonic taking on water approximately five miles west of Fairweather Ground Wednesday. An Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter and crew successfully delivered dewatering pumps to the four people aboard the fishing vessel. The Masonic crew successfully dewatered the vessel and anchored near Elfin Cove to make repairs before resuming fishing operations. The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Liberty met the vessel in Cross Sound to further assist and remained on scene until the repairs were complete. A post search and rescue boarding by the Liberty crew confirmed the Sitka-based Masonic is being operated in accordance with all applicable safety regulations.

Jan. 29 – An Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew, forward deployed to St. Paul, medevaced a crewmember from the 126-foot fishing vessel North Sea who was reportedly suffering seizure-like symptoms approximately 60 miles southwest of St. Paul Wednesday. The helicopter crew safely hoisted the patient from the North Sea and successfully transported him to St. Paul where he was met by emergency medical services for further transport to Anchorage. The North Sea is a Seattle-based crab boat.

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