Topic: U.S. Coast Guard
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August 7, 2013 at 9:56 PM
Two injured hikers were rescued from a 50-foot ravine in the Olympic National Park by two Coast Guard helicopter crews Wednesday afternoon.
A 19-year-old hiker in the center of the park activated a personal locator beacon at 7:30 a.m., alerting Coast Guard Puget Sound Sector that he was stranded, Coast Guard spokesperson Katelyn Tyson said.
The beacon was key. “Without that, it would be a cat-and-mouse chase,” she said, given the rough terrain. Park rangers also received a satellite phone call from one of the hikers telling them his condition was deteriorating.
At 4:05 p.m. a Coast Guard crew in a MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Port Angeles hoisted the hikers aboard and transported them to the air station, while a MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Astoria, Ore., assisted the rescue.
An ambulance transported the hikers to the Olympic Memorial Hospital in Port Angeles. Wednesday night there was no information on their condition.
February 16, 2013 at 3:26 PM
Three people were rescued after their catamaran tipped over near Redondo Beach on Saturday morning, said the U.S. Coast Guard.
Just after 11 a.m., witnesses reported a 16-foot Hobie Cat tipped over in the waters off Des Moines, a Coast Guard spokesman said.
The Coast Guard launched a rescue crew but a good Samaritan rescued the three people first and towed their vessel to Redondo Beach, the Coast Guard said. It said the incident happened about one nautical mile off shore.
January 25, 2013 at 8:50 AM
The Coast Guard rescued four people and their dog in Southwest Washington this morning after their vessel ran aground.
Coast Guard officials said they received a mayday shortly after 2:30 a.m. from a 61-foot fishing vessel Genesis A. The boat apparently ran aground on a sand bar near Leadbetter Point, which is at the entrance to Willapa Bay.
The Coast Guard launched a Jayhawk helicopter from Air Station Astoria, a 47-foot lifeboat from Grays Harbor and responders from Cape Disappointment, on the Washington coast, according to a news release.
At 3:37 a.m., the helicopter crew hoisted four people and their dog to safety. There were no injuries, the Coast Guard said.
Coast Guard pollution investigators and Washington Department of Ecology will be evaluating the sandbar for potential pollution.
The cause of the grounding is still under investigation.
December 18, 2012 at 11:04 PM
A large dock someone spotted floating along the Western Washington coast last week was found today near La Push on the Olympic National Park coastline.
The Coast Guard could not confirm from its helicopter search whether the dock is another piece of debris carried over from the March 2011 tsunami that struck Japan, according to a Department of Ecology release.
The dock had washed ashore on a rugged coastline between La Push and the mouth of the Hoh River when Coast Guard searchers found it.
Federal, state and tribal agencies are now coordinating on how to reach the dock, so they can find out where the dock came from and inspect for any invasive species. The wilderness area will be closed to the public until further notice.
The Coast Guard started looking for the dock after a fishing boat spotted it Friday. Gov. Chris Gregoire praised the team that found it, saying the mission was like “looking for a needle in a haystack.”
Anyone who spots something that looks like possible tsunami marine debris can send a report to DisasterDebris@noaa.gov. As of last Thursday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration had received at least 1,432 ocean debris reports, 17 of which have been confirmed to be tsunami debris.
September 3, 2012 at 5:57 PM
A woman injured in a fall Monday on a recreational vessel in the northern San Juan Islands was taken by Coast Guard boat to an ambulance on shore.
The Coast Guard received a request for assistance from the vessel Siesta at about 1:30 p.m., indicating a 60-year-old woman had fallen and hit her head, suffering a severe gash to her forehead. A 45-foot Coast Guard response boat already on routine patrol in the area was sent to pick up the injured woman.
The crew took the woman to an aid car in Blaine.
The woman was reported to be in stable condition, the Coast Guard said.
July 24, 2012 at 11:01 AM
The Kalakala, the historic but deteriorating ferry, has been moved to a new, temporary mooring near its previous mooring in Tacoma, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.
An adjacent landowner, Tacoma Industrial Properties, volunteered to temporarily moor the boat and built a 650-foot structure for that purpose. The ferry was moved close to the mooring late last month and moved into position yesterday.
Late last year, the Coast Guard declared the Kalakala a hazard to navigation because the existing mooring was deemed unsuitable, there was advanced degradation of the ship’s hull, and it lacked reliable bilge pumps.
“Our expectation is that these actions will greatly reduce the threat of the Kalakala sinking and blocking the channel for the near- to midterm,” said District Engineer Col. Bruce Estok in a statement.
The 276-foot ferry has been moored on the Hylebos Waterway for eight years. Its owner, Steve Rodrigues, has been trying to save the old vessel for years.
June 9, 2012 at 11:06 AM
A crew member on a Seattle-based fishing boat had to be airlifted off his boat in the Bering Sea Friday after suffering a major electrical shock and heart complications.
The ship was about 172 miles northwest of Dillingham, Alaska, when it called for help from the Coast Guard. The 43-year-old man, whose name was not released in a U.S. Coast Guard press release, was working on the electrical switchboard of the Cape Horn, a 145-foot fishing boat. He suffered a 480-volt shock.
A helicopter hoisted the man off the fishing vessel early Friday afternoon and flew him to Dillingham, where his condition is unknown.
March 10, 2012 at 9:11 AM
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From The Associated Press:
ASTORIA, Ore. – Authorities searched Saturday for four fishermen after crews found a debris field and an oil sheen several miles off the Washington coast.
The emergency beacon from an Oregon-based fishing boat led rescuers to the debris field and a damaged lifeboat, the Coast Guard said.
The distress signal came early Saturday from the 62-foot fishing vessel Lady Cecelia, which has a home port in Warrenton, Ore. and is registered to Dale Kent of Bay City, Ore. He could not be reached Saturday by The Associated Press, but the ship’s owner told the Guard that four people had been aboard.
“The life raft was in no condition to be used,” said Coast Guard Petty Officer Shawn Eggert. “There was a lot of debris, a sheen and the (beacon).”
The ship was first registered in Oregon in 1991. Eggert said he didn’t have details on the debris, or whether the vessel was still intact. He said the Guard does not yet know a cause for the damage.
Overnight weather off the southern Washington coast was comprised of a slowly-moving front that was expected to be followed by gale-force winds.
March 6, 2012 at 4:33 PM
JUNEAU, Alaska – The U.S. Coast Guard on Tuesday dismissed negligent homicide and other charges against the sole survivor of a 2010 helicopter crash off the Washington coast.
The decision in the case of Lt. Lance Leone was in line with the recommendations of an investigating officer, who oversaw a three-day military hearing in December. Leone was the co-pilot of the MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter flying from Astoria, Ore., to the crew’s base in Sitka, Alaska, when it crashed off the Washington coast in July 2010.
Leone, upon hearing the news at work, “started cheering and was extremely happy for this long-awaited day,” his attorney, John Smith, told The Associated Press. Leone also said he needed to tell his wife, who is expecting the couple’s third child.
Leone was charged with negligent homicide, dereliction of duty and destruction of government property stemming from the crash, which killed pilot Sean Krueger, of Connecticut, and crewmen Brett Banks, of Wyoming, and Adam C. Hoke, of Montana. The negligent homicide charges were related to Banks and Hoke.
Leone, who has earned a long list of Coast Guard awards and accolades, was the sole survivor. He had recovered from his injuries and been cleared for flight re-training when he was charged last year.
The charge sheet alleged Leone failed to properly navigate the helicopter to avoid charted hazards and that he negligently failed to ensure it was flying at a higher altitude. It also alleges that he did “without proper authority, through neglect, destroy by causing the crash of CG-6017,” an aircraft valued at $18.3 million.
In January, the investigating officer who presided over a three-day military hearing into the crash, Capt. Andrew Norris, recommended the charges be dismissed.
December 12, 2011 at 5:42 AM
Reports that someone had jumped from a ferry between Mukilteo and Clinton last night prompted an unsuccessful search, according to the State Patrol.
The individual reportedly jumped from the ferry Cathlamet just after 10 p.m. after it left Mukilteo.
Crews from South Whidbey Island Fire and Rescue and Camano Island Fire and Rescue, along with the Coast Guard, conducted the search, but no one was found in the water.
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