Cutter SPAR and Maverick


The Coast Guard blotter is provided as a public service of the public affairs staff of Coast Guard base Kodiak.

Aug. 12

• A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter rescue crew hoisted a 22-year-old Filipino man from the 619-foot container ship Star Gran about 240 miles southwest of Kodiak.

The man was suffering from symptoms of appendicitis. He was transferred to Kodiak’s emergency medical personnel about 8:30 a.m. for further care.

• Coast Guard personnel from Marine Safety Detachment Kodiak and the Coast Guard Base Support Unit Kodiak Fire Department monitored the removal of a single-engine Piper airplane near the Kodiak runway.

The small plane, part of the Island Air fleet, crashed into the water just off the end of the runway upon return to Kodiak during a test flight, but neither person onboard was injured and no significant pollution was sighted.

Aug. 13

A Kodiak-based Jayhawk helicopter crew medevaced a hiker stranded at the 2,800 foot elevation mark from Heney Mountain about two miles northwest of Cordova. He was safely hoisted and taken to the Cordova clinic, then to Anchorage via commercial services for further evaluation.

Aug. 14

Sector Juneau received notification about a possible red flare sighting near Battery Island and Sitka Harbor. An Air Station Sitka helicopter crew conducted a search with no results. The case was suspended.

Aug. 16

A 25-year-old male was stranded on a ledge at 1,000 feet on Barometer Mountain on Kodiak Island. Alaska State Troopers activated the Kodiak Island Search and Rescue team.

An Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew assisted KISAR by locating the man and placing a KISAR team on the mountain. The man was hoisted and returned to Air Station Kodiak with no reported injuries.

Aug. 17

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter SPAR medevaced a 55-year-old male with complications from high blood pressure from the 83-foot fishing vessel Maverick more than 200 miles north of St. Paul Island.

The SPAR was about 20 miles from the Maverick when the call came through.

The cutter SPAR crew safely arrived in St. Paul and transferred the man in good condition to the awaiting commercial life flight.

Aug. 17

Sector Juneau watchstanders received a VHF Channel 16 mayday call from fishing vessel Sea Air. The master stated the vessel was taking on water and might not make its transit back to Craig.

A good Samaritan vessel and crew responded to Sector Juneau’s urgent marine information broadcast and delivered a pump that allowed the vessel to keep up with the flooding and continue making way.

Sector Juneau launched an Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew to deliver additional pumps but the assistance was refused when the helicopter got on scene. The Sea Air safely moored in Craig.

Aug. 18

A Kodiak-based MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew medevaced a 19-year-old fisherman with reported severe facial injuries from Ouzinkie to Kodiak.

The man was reportedly injured when a line onboard the 38-foot fishing vessel Kittywake parted and hit him across the face causing injuries to his nose, facial bleeding and swelling around his eyes.

The Jayhawk crew arrived in Ouzinkie at 10:45 a.m., safely picked up the fisherman and transported him to Kodiak, arriving at 11 a.m.

Kodiak emergency medical services transported him to Providence Kodiak Island Medical Center for further medical care.

Aug. 19

Cmdr. Kevin Riddle relieves Cmdr. Andrew Raiha as commanding officer of the Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley during a formal change of command ceremony onboard the cutter at 10 a.m.

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.