Topic: Coast Guard
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November 23, 2013 at 9:49 AM
Two people were rescued in Shilshole Bay early Saturday after one fell off a 40-foot sailboat and the other ended up in the water trying to help.
Three friends spent about 45 minutes trying to get the two men back on the boat, then called 911 at about 3:30 a.m., said Sue Stangl, Seattle Fire Department spokeswoman. The two men were wearing life jackets when authorities arrived, she said, which helped them stay afloat in the frigid water.
“In my opinion, that saved them,” Stangl said. She did not have the ages of the two men, but said they were not teenagers or young adults.
After receiving the 911 call, the Seattle Police Department sent one of its harbor patrol boats, and the Coast Guard responded as well, as did the King County Sheriff’s Office with a helicopter, Stangl said. The people on the sailboat, who were about a mile offshore, sent up flares so authorities could find them, Stangl said.
The two men had symptoms of hypothermia, and were taken to Harborview Medical Center.
The Coast Guard vessel accompanied the sailboat back to the marina, Stangl said.
October 21, 2013 at 11:09 AM
KODIAK, Alaska (AP) — Five crew members have been rescued in the western Aleutians after their ship caught on fire.
KMXT reports the five were picked up by a Good Samaritan vessel, the Seattle-based Aleutian Beauty. The crewmen are expected to arrive later Monday in Adak.
The crewman were aboard the 59-foot Western Venture, which caught on fire Sunday morning.
Two Coast Guard rescue helicopters and two C-130 Hercules aircraft were launched, and the cutter Waesche was diverted to the Western Venture, about 70 miles west of Adak.
The Aleutian Beauty responded to the Coast Guard’s call for assistance, and was the first to reach the Western Venture. All five men were rescued from a life raft. The Western Venture was last seen adrift and smoking from the fire on board.
September 30, 2013 at 11:09 PM
A 57-foot boat sank in 10 feet of water next to its dock at Lakewood Moorage, at 4500 Lake Washington Blvd. S., late Monday, according to the Seattle Fire Department.
No one was injured, and it’s not clear what caused the boat to sink, Fire Department spokesman Kyle Moore said. Firefighters got the call around 10:20 p.m.
Firefighters put booms around the boat to contain any fuel that might leak from it, Moore said. Seattle police and the Coast Guard will investigate the incident.
September 30, 2013 at 10:39 AM
Coast Guard and state Department of Ecology crews are on the scene of a 72-foot tug that sank near the Ballard Bridge this morning.
Booms and absorbent pads have been set around the tugboat Iver to reduce the spread of any fuel released. The boat was undergoing work at a dock along West Commodore Way, about halfway between the Ballard Bridge and the Ballard Locks.
There is a sheen on the water, but it’s not clear how many gallons spilled, said Coast Guard spokesman Petty Officer 1st Class David Mosley. Mosley said the tug’s fuel tanks hold 1,700 gallons when they are full, but it wasn’t immediately known how much fuel was aboard.
The Coast Guard was notified by the tug’s caretaker at about 7:30 a.m. The vessel is being remodeled to be used as a floating residence.
Coast Guard records list the owner of the 1925-vintage vessel as William Soderberg of Port Townsend.
A blog by Soderberg that tells about the project is at ourtugboat.blogspot.com
July 27, 2013 at 12:34 PM
A search was suspended Saturday afternoon for the body of a scuba diver believed to have died during a recreational dive at Blakely Rock, a small reef in Puget Sound east of Bainbridge Island.
The Bainbridge Police Department boat, about a minute away from the scene, responded to a call around 10 a.m. asking for help finding and rescuing a missing diver, Police Officer Dale Johnson said.
Boats from the Coast Guard, Seattle Harbor Patrol and Seattle Fire Department joined in the search near the rocky island, with divers from the two Seattle departments going into the water, authorities said. The victim was a 48-year-old man, the Seattle Fire Department reported.
The rescue effort became a recovery effort around 11:45 a.m., when searchers concluded the man had died, Fire Department Lt. Sue Stangl said.
Eric Cookson of the Coast Guard said rescue divers at one point located the body of the missing man under the water, “but when they went back for him he was not there.”
Emerald Diving’s website describes Blakely Rock as a good place to find wolf eels, giant Pacific octopus and colorful invertebrates, but notes there can be strong currents.
July 22, 2013 at 12:09 PM
Nine people are reported safe after their Native-American canoe overturned this morning near Port Townsend.
The nine were recovered by a 45-foot Coast Guard response boat and were taken to John Wayne Marina in Sequim. The Coast Guard said some were experiencing mild hypothermic conditions.]
“We’re not exactly sure what caused the canoe to capsize,” said Amy Nuckolls, public affairs specialist for District 13 of the Coast Guard.
The carved canoe was paddled by tribal members participating in the annual Intertribal Canoe Journey Paddle to Quinault, which draws members of Native-American and First-Nations tribes from throughout the Northwest.
The incident was reported shortly after 7:30 a.m. by Jefferson County authorities.
The Coast Guard said that the canoe overturned about five nautical miles north of Port Townsend. The distress call was reportedly made to Jefferson County via cell phone by one of the people in the water, according to a news release.
The Coast Guard sent a helicopter and a cutter, along with several rescue boats. Units from Station Port Angeles, Station Bellingham and Air Station Port Angeles also responded.
June 4, 2013 at 11:06 AM
Coast Guard officials are investigating what caused a 97-foot fishing boat to run aground off Whidbey Island early today.
No one was hurt and there were no initial reports of anything leaking from the boat Neahkahnie, according to Coast Guard Petty Officer George Degener in Seattle.
Degener said the grounding was reported shortly after 3 a.m. near Bush Point on Whidbey Island’s west side.
Late this morning, the boat was still in place and Degener said it’s hoped that the vessel will be freed as the tide rises later today. He said the three-man crew aboard the boat was in no immediate peril.
The Coast Guard’s 87-foot patrol boat Swordfish, based at Port Angeles, is at the scene. A dive crew also is on hand to inspect the boat’s hull for damage.
April 19, 2013 at 6:47 AM
Don’t leave your bud behind at a Walmart: Lawmakers did go ahead and pass the bill telling us what to do if small, legal amounts of maryjane are accidentally left behind at stores with pharmacies. The bill came to life after someone dropped some marijuana at a Walmart. Let’s see, the bill says the store must tell the cops about the marijuana and the stash must be destroyed or made so you can’t use it. Glad we’ll have that law …
Speaking of marijuana … remember that Puyallup guy with the marijuana grow operation who shot and killed a couple of intruders in December? Well, the feds have charged him with federal gun and drug charges. The shooting of the two men, however, has been determined to be self-defense. Did we mention that the man’s 7-year-old son was at home when his father killed the intruders?
No Coast Guard ships at Seafair. Federal budget cuts have nixed the Coast Guard’s participation at Seafair this year, just as the cuts canceled the Blue Angels’ appearance at the summer celebration. Well at least we know where are federal taxes aren’t being spent.
The parents of that Moses Lake boy who is accused of shooting them will get to visit him in jail. Both apparently wanted the reunion, and a judge has ruled it’s OK. The 14-year-old, apparently unhappy that mom and dad took away his video-game privileges, got a gun from a safe in the home, went into his parents’ bedroom and started shooting, according to charges. The Columbia Basin Herald has the story.
Fertilizer plants in Washington state: The state Agriculture Department says we have two fertilizer plants in the state that make products similar to those at the West, Texas, facility that exploded this week. The plants, both in Finley, outside Richland in the Tri-Cities, have good safety records. KING5 has the story.
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January 16, 2013 at 7:29 AM
The Associated Press
UPDATE: 11:15 a.m. | The Coast Guard has suspended the search for a crewman who fell overboard from a crab boat about eight miles west of the mouth of the Queets River, on the Olympic Peninsula coast.
A Coast Guard helicopter from Astoria and boats from Westport searched more than 91 square miles for more than seven hours before the search was suspended Wednesday.
Petty Officer Nathan Bradshaw says the 56-year-old man fell into the water about 1:30 a.m. while setting crab pots from the Westport-based vessel Senja.
He was not wearing a life jacket when he landed in the 48-degree water.
December 29, 2012 at 6:19 PM
After raging seas and fierce winds settled down Saturday afternoon, the Coast Guard finally evacuated the crew of a traveling Shell Alaska oil rig that had started drifting near Kodiak, Alaska.
For the second straight day, the Coast Guard had battled to rescue 18 crew members of the drifting Kulluk oil rig after efforts to tow the rig and its broken-down tug had failed several times.
But by late Saturday, repeated deliveries of engine parts and technicians by Coast Guard chopper had helped bring the stalled tug’s engines back to life. And a dampening of what had been 20- to 30-foot waves and a drop in the 30-knot winds allowed teams to stabilize the rolling rig, evacuate the crew and bring it under tow.
“Now that the crew is all evacuated, we will accelerate the speed of the tow and increase the margin between the vessels and landfall,” said Shell Alaska spokesman Curtis Smith.
The Kulluk oil rig was headed south to Seattle on Thursday after its first drilling season in the U.S. Arctic. But a tow line between the rig and its 360-foot tug, the Aiviq, separated, leaving the Kulluk adrift. The tug was initially able to get a new tow line established, but then lost power to all of its engines leaving both vessels floating free as weather in the Pacific Ocean worsened.
Shell sent out two more vessels and the Coast Guard responded by sending the 282-foot Cutter Alex Haley to offer assistance. The Haley got both vessels under tow early Friday, but then the cutter reported that its line had separated, too. It got tangled in one of the ship’s propellers. The cutter was forced to return to port for repairs.
The Coast Guard launched two more cutters, the Hickory and the Spar, and sent up an HC-130 to monitor the situation. Jayhawk choppers began ferrying supplies to the crippled tug.
When Shell’s other vessels arrived, they, too, attempted a tow but also experienced failures.
“The weather on scene is testing the limits of our Coast Guard crews,” Coast Guard Rear Admiral Thomas Ostebo in Juneau said in a statementlate Saturday.
The biggest fear was that the safety of the crew of the Kulluk, which was pitching in the roiling seas, making any attempt to hoist people into waiting helicopters dangerous. Coast Guard officials also feared a grounding of the tug, the rig or any of the assisting vessels could spill fuel into the fragile marine waters off Kodiak.
But then a drop in the winds and quieting of the seas changed everything Saturday.
“The weather laid down, so we had a safe window,” Smith said. “We used the opportunity to evacuate.”
Mechanics also got the Aiviq’s engines working again and the calmer seas allowed the tug and a second Shell vessel to each get a tow line around the Kulluk. The two began pulling the rig farther from Kodiak.
“Given the events, we’re going to evaluate and recalibrate the tow assemblies on these vessels, before we continue the journey to Seattle,” Smith said. “We’re in no rush.”
For good reason. The National Weather Service late Saturday was calling for more high winds and rough seas through early Sunday.
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