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November 2010 Archives

Alaska Fisherman Suffers Head Injury Aboard Fishing Vessel CAPE RELIANT

A 26-year old crewman aboard the 58-foot fishing vessel CAPE RELIANT has been medevaced for emergency medical treatment. The crewman, Tom Webster, was initially treated by emergency medical corpsmen from the Coast Guard Cutter ALEX HALEY, who first received the request for medical assistance by VHF radio. Because of Webster's emergent condition, he was airlifted by helicopter to Dutch Harbor and then transferred via Guardian flight service to Anchorage for further medical care. The CAPE RELIANT is home ported in Petersburg, Alaska. The facts and circumstances of how Webster was injured were unavailable.

Operation Safe Crab Under Way for 2010 Dungeness Crab Season

The Coast Guard is implementing Operation Safe Crab for the 2010 Dungeness Crab Season. On November 9th through 11th the Coast Guard will be conducting dockside examinations in California ports preparing for the start of the Dungeness Crab season on November 15th. The spot checks emphasize life saving equipment, pot loading practices and stability and vessel watertight integrity. Statistics from previous years indicate that as many as one third of the crab boats inspected had incorrectly installed EPIRBS and life rafts. The Coast Guard hopes that the inspections can lead to immediate corrections and needless loss of lives. The West Coast Dungeness Crab fishery is one of the most deadly of all fisheries. Smaller vessels working in extreme weather put crewmen at serious risk for injury and death. It is imperative that all safety equipment be properly installed, inspected and maintained.


The Coast Guard is responding to a fire aboard a 952-foot cruise ship located 150 miles south of San Diego. The CARNIVAL SPLENDOR reportedly had a fire in the vessel engine room. The vessel has 3,299 passengers on board and a crew of 1,167, all of whom are reported without injuries at this time. The vessel is Panamanian flagged and sails out of Long Beach, California, to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Concerned family members can contact the cruise line at 1-888-290-5095. Good Samaritan vessels are on the scene and Coast Guard Cutters Edisto, Morgenthau and Aspen are anticipated to arrive on the scene at around 3:00 P.M. today.

Crewman Evacuated from Fishing Vessel PACIFIC GLACIER

A 22-year old crewman was airlifted from the fishing vessel PACIFIC GLACIER. The crewman was complaining of abdominal pains and was evacuated by helicopter from the fish processor that was located about 40 miles west of Grays Harbor. The crewman was taken to Grays Harbor hospital for evaluation and treatment.

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