Kodiak Daily Mirror - Coast Guard Good Samaritans help in two boat rescues
Coast Guard, Good Samaritans help in two boat rescues
by Peter J Mladineo
Jul 11, 2014 | 326 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A video still of a Coast Guard Kodiak rescue effort boarding the stricken ship Jeanoah 40 miles west of Kodiak on July 9. (Photo courtesy U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak)
A video still of a Coast Guard Kodiak rescue effort boarding the stricken ship Jeanoah 40 miles west of Kodiak on July 9. (Photo courtesy U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak)
U.S. Coast Guard assets from Kodiak and Good Samaritan ships were involved in three different rescues Wednesday, one locally, one on the Kennicott ferry and another near Kotzebue.

In the local operation, the Coast Guard and the crew of the fishing vessel Katherine assisted three men aboard the vessel Jeanoah taking on water in Shelikof Strait Wednesday.

“Coast Guard watchstanders in sector Anchorage received a call from the master of the Jeanoah, that they had struck a rock and were taking on water,” Coast Guard spokesperson Diana Honings told the Mirror.

A Coast Guard Jayhawk and the Coast Guard Cutter Roanoke Island met the stricken boat some 40 miles west of the island, moved dewatering equipment onboard, made temporary repairs and then with the aid of another Good Samaritan ship, the Katherine, towed the 67-foot fishing vessel back to Kodiak.

The weather on scene at the time of the incident was reported to be calm.

This rescue was “another case of how invaluable our coordination is with Good Samaritans out there,” said Honings. “That’s one of the reasons we issue an urgent marine information broadcast because it allows us to reach out to mariners who are in the vicinity wherever someone is in distress.”

“This a classic example of a well executed Coast Guard rescue,” said Lt. Matthew Mitchell, Sector Anchorage command duty officer.

In the other rescue, Alaska State Troopers requested aerial assistance from the Coast Guard’s 17th district command center to help locate three women and a child aboard a disabled 24-foot aluminum Harbercraft off Kotzebue.

In this instance, mariners were traveling at sea from Buckland to Kotzebue when the weather turned bad.

“They attempted to return to Buckland but ran out of gas,” Honings said.

“We sent out a helicopter after the Alaska State Troopers had told us that they could not get out there due to some bad weather,” Honings said. “So the Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak sent a MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter and the crew flew out to Kotzebue. The vessel was anchored and it drifted 12 nautical miles away from where we were told. We were not able to spot them immediately, but the tug Naniq had come across the disabled vessel.”

The Naniq, another Good Samaritan ship, provided gas and a battery to the disabled vessel and the Coast Guard helped escort the ship back to Kotzebue.

Kotzebue is approximately 6-7 hours from Kodiak by air.

“Through the coordination between the Good Samaritans, the Coast Guard, the search and rescue, we were able to provide the assistance to the mariners to get them the help that the needed,” Honings said.

The Coast Guard also medevaced an injured 64-year-old woman from the ferry Kennicott near Cordova Wednesday evening.

A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew, forward-deployed in Cordova, hoisted the woman aboard the helicopter and transported her to awaiting medical personnel in Valdez.

A Coast Guard statement said watchstanders received a request from the crew of the Kennicott after the woman suffered a head injury. Watchstanders consulted with the Coast Guard duty flight surgeon, who recommended a medevac.

“This case illustrates the importance of forward deploying our crews during busy seasons like this,” De Rocher was quoted as saying. “The forward-deployed crew allowed us to respond to this woman in distress and get her to the medical care she needed in a timely manner.”

Weather at the time of the incident was reported as 17 mph winds, 4-foot seas and 10 miles visibility.

Contact Peter J. Mladineo at editor@kodiakdailymirror.com.

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