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October 2009 Archives

CREWMEMBER MEDEVACED TO ST PAUL ALASKA FROM FISHING VESSEL BOUNTIFUL

The Coast Guard medevaced a 32 year old crewmember with reported symptoms of pneumonia from the fishing vessel BOUNTIFUL to the St. Paul Clinic. The fishing vessel BOUNTIFUL was 150 miles northwest of St. Paul Alaska. The crewmember was reportedly delivered safely to St. Paul Alaska where he was then taken by life flight medical services to Anchorage.

STATE SENATOR CHARGED WITH FELONY AFTER CRASHING SPEED BOAT INJURING FIVE PASSENGERS

The New York Times has reported that Kalispell Republican U.S. Senator Gregory D. Barkus has had felony charges filed against him for the speed boat crash that happened in August, injuring himself, his wife, and four others. The other passengers including Republican Representative Denny Rehberg, his wife, Rehberg staffer Kristen Smith, and State Director Dustin Frost who spent 10 days in a coma and has a brain injury.

Fishing Company Sanctioned for Improper Ex-parte Contacts With Injured Seamans Treating Doctors

A Court Order has been issued for sanctions against United States Seafoods for having improper ex-parte communications with an injured seaman's treating doctor. An insurance adjuster for the Alaska fishing company contacted the injured seaman's treating doctor to seek an opinion relating to whether or not the seaman was at maximum medical cure. The seaman's attorney had previously revoked all authorizations given to the insurance adjuster to obtain medical information about the seaman. The Court had also previously ordered the company to pay back maintenance. The Court sanctioned United States Seafoods finding that the ex-parte contacts to be "highly improper" and clearly without "legal basis." An Order was also issued prohibiting United States Seafoods from engaging in future ex-parte contact with the injured seaman's treating health care providers, even if they have information relevant to issues relating to maintenance and cure. The King County Superior Court Case is Holloway v. Alaska Beauty LLC and United States Seafoods.

NTSB RELEASES PRELIMINARY FINDINGS ON CAUSE OF ALASKA RANGER SINKING

On September 30, 2009, the National Transportation and Safety Board (NTSB) released their preliminary findings into the sinking of the Alaska Ranger. The NTSB press release is set forth below. The report is woefully lacking in any meaningful recommendations to the owners of the ALASKA RANGER, Fishing Company of Alaska.

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