Petty Officer 2nd Class Jacob Warner, a rescue swimmer at Air Station Kodiak, performs an ice rescue during training at Upper 6 Mile Lake on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, March 17, 2016. During the training, members from Air Station Kodiak, Sector Anchorage and the National Ice Rescue School in Essexville, Michigan, worked together to perform ice rescues from an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter and an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Meredith Manning

Coast Guard rescuers train on thin ice

While ice rescue training is not unfamiliar to Coast Guard members in cold climates like Alaska, incorporating air rescue added a new element for these crews. Members from Air Station Kodiak, Sector Anchorage and the National Ice Rescue School in Essexville, Michigan, teamed up to perform ice rescues from an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter and an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter at Upper 6 Mile Lake on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. For the participating members it was an experience that brought new elements into their normal training evolutions.


Making the save in Whittier, Alaska; Coast Guard Auxiliary to the rescue

It was a calm day on the waters of Passage Canal near Whittier, Alaska, when Bill Reiter and his crew spotted a disabled recreational vessel in the main traffic lane. Reiter and his fellow Coast Guard Auxiliary members, Russ and Cathy Lyday, concerned for the safety of the vessel’s crew, went in for a closer look.


Know Your 17th District: Incident Management

“You never know what’s going to happen when that phone rings,” said Lt. Sara Morin, a command duty officer with the Coast Guard 17th District. Responding to the unexpected is a way of life in the command center, the communication […]


A mariner aboard the 37-foot pleasure craft Mystery Lady hauls in a line tossed to him by the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Long Island during a rescue near Seward, Alaska, Oct. 24, 2013. Coast Guard units responded to the Mystery Lady after it lost power and began drifting dangerously close to a rocky mountainside. Coast Guard photo by Coast Guard Cutter Long Island.

Rescue of two mariners proves proficiency pays off

  Towing disabled and adrift vessels is a routine procedure for Coast Guard boat crews, but even this seemingly simple task can prove to be as perilous as it is common in the Coast Guard’s ongoing mission to rescue lives […]


Rescue highlights the importance of being prepared for worst case scenarios in Alaskan waters

Anyone who has plied the waters of Alaska can attest to the many dangers facing mariners, and the rescue of five crewmen aboard the fishing vessel Western Venture, Oct. 20, has cast new light upon the importance of being prepared […]


Coast Guard, agency partners hold mass rescue operation workshop in Kotzebue

Coast Guard, agency partners hold mass rescue operation workshop and exercise in Kotzebue

By Petty Officer 1st Class Shawn Eggert Vast distances, limited response resources, severe weather and frigid water combine to make search and rescue along the Northwest coast of Alaska extremely challenging. With that thought in mind, the Coast Guard and […]


Rescuers heroic actions recognized after 24 years

By Caitlin Goettler It looked as if a blizzard had hit Kodiak on Jan. 18, 1988. Temperatures were below freezing, and the wind was howling at 40 miles per hour, blowing the falling snow in every direction. It was one […]


Deck Watch gets SAR savy

Deck Watch is a five to seven minute radio show featuring Coast Guard news across Alaska. The subject of this week’s interview with Capt. Daniel Travers, District 17 chief of incident managment, is the Coast Guard’s responsiblity for search and […]


Coast Guard weekly news highlights across Alaska

Alaskan Coast Guard units were busy this past week. Here’s a look at what happened. Aug. 31 – Medical personnel from the Haines Clinic called the Coast Guard requesting a medevac for a patient experiencing shock due to a motorcycle […]