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August 2009 Archives


The Anchorage Daily News is reporting that on Saturday, August 19, 2009, a four man crew, which included a 12 year old boy, and a 19 year old man, spent three hours trying to keep their fishing vessel, THE NAHANNI afloat after it grounded on Evans Island one mile from the village of Chenega Bay. Ultimately the 42 foot commercial purse seiner based in Juneau sank after taking on water.


The Coast Guard has reported that on Friday, August 28, 2009, its Seattle unit responded to the capsizing of the fishing vessel the ANA J near Salmon Bank in the San Juan Islands in Washington. The cause of the capsizing is unknown at this time.

U.S. Representative and Staff Injured in Speedboat Accident in Helena Montana

On Saturday, August 29, 2009, a family spokesman for the U.S. Representative Denny Rehberg has reported that Representative Rehberg and four others were seriously injured in a speedboat accident when the boat crashed into Rocky Flathead Lake shore as the group was returning to their resort from dinner.

Coast Guard Rescues Two After Recreational Boat Collision

The Coast Guard has reported that it rescued two people after a recreational boat collision in Curtis Creek near the Coast Guard yard in Baltimore on Sunday, August 30, 2009. The Coast Guard dispatched a 25 foot response boat and a 41 foot utility boat to the scene. Rescued were father and daughter who were found clinging to their capsized vessel. The father was reportedly suffering from an arm laceration and several contusions and met on the dock by Anne Arundel County EMS.

Two Parasailors Killed In North Carolina

The Coast Guard has reported that two female parasailors have been killed near the Ocean Isle Beach Pier in North Carolina on Friday, August 28, 2009. According to Coast Guard reports, the chief of the Ocean Isle Fire Department notified the Coast Guard of the incident at approximately 2:28 p.m. The initial report was that the connecting rope from the parasail to the boat parted. The Coast Guard is investigating the incident including interviewing eyewitnesses and the master and crew of the vessel, TIED HIGH. The vessel and its contents were taken by the Coast Guard for evidence and drug and alcohol testing has been taken of the master and crew.


The Canadian Coast Guard has reported that a fish processor aboard Trident Seafoods' vessel ALEUTIAN FALCON has been lost overboard. The 30 year old crewman was last seen aboard the vessel around noon on Thursday and discovered missing around 4:00 P.M. The ALEUTIAN FALCON was transiting between Port Neville to Campbell River and retraced its route in an attempt to locate the missing crewman. The crewman's body was recovered by kayakers near Port McNeill on Friday Afternoon.

Dismissal of Case For Forum Non Conveniens

When a maritime accident occurs in one location but the involved parties are from other jurisdictions, the Court sometimes must decide where is the most "convenient" jurisdiction for the lawsuit. One such recent example of a Court's determination of the most convenient jurisdiction arose following the death of a Bahamian national who was severely injured and ultimately died as the result of a collision with another vessel. The Bahamian national, Mr. Pinder, was in a skiff belonging to a Bahamian ship's skiff fleet. Mr. Pinder's skiff was allegedly struck by the M/V MALVI navigated by Mr. Moscetti in territorial waters of the Bahamas. Mr. Moscetti is a Florida resident and the M/V MALVI is registered in Florida and owned by a Florida corporation. Ms. Pinder filed suit in the Southern District of Florida for a wrongful death action under the Death on the High Seas Act ("DOSHA").

Coast Guard Suspends Search For Missing Crewman

On August 10, 2009, the Coast Guard has reported that it has suspended its search for a 23 year old Russian man who was reported as having fallen overboard on the HYUNDAI TOKYO on July 26, 2009. The 996 foot container ship was approximately 180 miles South of Unimak Island when Alexey Lyalyeaev went missing. The Coast Guard searched for almost 27 hours and covered more than 2,329 square miles using two HC-130 Hercules aircrafts and a MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter. The HYUNDAI TOKYO retraced its course for almost 11 hours searching for Lyalyeaev. Once the ship reached the position where Lyalyeaev was last seen, the Ship's crew spent 90 minutes searching the area for him.


The Coast Guard has reported that the 50 foot tuna boat LORI ANN (formerly LITTLE LINDA), ran aground on Nye Beach near Newport Oregon on August 11, 2009. As reported by the Coast Guard, the vessel came through the surf onto a soft sand beach at 2:00 A.M. The two man crew from California, including the 25 year old captain, dawned survival suits, contacted the Coast Guard, and waited. Fearing for their lives, they launched a survival raft to get to shore. There were no reported injuries. The vessel was completing an eleven day tuna trip off the Oregona coast and had five tons of tuna in its hold.


The Coast Guard has reported that it has suspended a search for a recreational diver missing in the San Juan Islands. According to the Coast Guard, the diver failed to surface from a group dive on Wednesday and the United States Coast Guard was contacted at around 3:15 p.m. The Coast Guard and San Juan County responded but a surface and air search failed to successfully locate the missing diver. The search spanned approximately 46 square nautical miles and five hours. The missing 40 year old diver is believed to have been an experienced diver with U.S. Navy diving experience.

Coast Guard Rescues Three Crewmen Near New Jersey

The U.S. Coast Guard reported that they, along with the New York Fire Department, and Towboat US, all responded to a sinking vessel near Keansburg, New Jersey on August 7, 2009. Three mariners were rescued from the vessel, the name of which is unknown at this time. There is no indication of how many crewmembers were on board the vessel at the time of the sinking.

Coast Guard Responds to Mayday Call, Rescues Five

The Coast Guard reported that it received a mayday call from the 59 foot fishing vessel the PATTY J approximately 4:30 a.m. Saturday morning. The PATTY J, a 59 foot fishing vessel began taking on water approximately 26 miles Southwest of Juneau in Square Cove. The Coast Guard launched a MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter and a response boat.

Coast Guard Medevacs Crewman from Pelican

25-year old Camden McKay was medevaced from Pelican to Juneau, Alaska after he sustained a head injury on Thursday. McKay was working aboard the fishing vessel Pamele Rae when he hit his head after falling aboard the vessel. A fellow crewmember called the United States Coast Guard for assistance. A Coast Guard rescue crew responded and medevaced McKay to Juneau, where he was taken to Bartlett Regional Hospital for further care. The Pamele Rae is homeported in Petersburg.

Coast Guard Investigates Possible New York Collision

The United States Coast Guard is investigating a possible collision that occurred on the Hudson River in New York around 1 a.m. on Wednesday. One vessel has already been recovered and towed after it was capsized in the alleged collision. All four individuals from the capsized vessel were recovered, one by the New York City Fire Department and three by a Good Samaritan vessel. All four were taken to a local hospital for treatment. They reportedly have minor injuries. The Coast Guard New York Sector is investigating the matter. The cause of the incident is currently unknown.

Two Swimmers Drown After Boat Drifts Away

The bodies of two swimmers, a 57-year old male and his 13 year-old nephew, have been recovered from Lake St. Clair near Detroit, Michigan on Tuesday. Macomb County Sheriff Mark Hackel reported that the two had jumped into the water to go swimming with a 31-year old relative. Their pontoon boat, however, drifted away a significant distance with a 73-year old woman aboard. Rescue crews were able to rescue the 31-year old male, however were unable to locate either the 57-year old or the 13-year old. Hackel did not specify whether they were wearing life jackets.

Crabber Missing After Falling Overboard

The United States Coast Guard is looking for a 31-year old man who fell overboard early Tuesday morning near Elizabeth City, North Carolina. The individual, whose name has not been released, was working aboard a crabbing vessel about two miles south of Frog Island in Albemarle Sound when he fell overboard. Coast Guard officials report that the man was climbing on crab pots on the vessel's deck when he fell in. The vessel's captain immediately stopped and anchored the vessel, however was not able to locate the crabber because he did not resurface. A Good Samaritan who was nearby called the Coast Guard at 9:10 a.m. to report the crabber had fallen overboard. A Coast Guard helicopter crew from Air Station Elizabeth City and a rescue boat crew from Station Elizabeth City were immediately dispatched to begin searching for the man. The crabber was not wearing a life jacket and is reportedly unable to swim.

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