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June 2011 Archives

Coast Guard Rescues Injured Fishermen On VENTUARI Off Cabo San Lucas

Watchstanders at the 11th Coast Guard District received word Wednesday afternoon that the 200-foot fishing vessel VENTUARI required assistance some 1,200 miles southwest of Cabo San Lucas. The report stated that while the crew was hauling in their catch, the vessel's boom collapsed, landing on and injuring four of the crewmembers.

Risks of Sleep Deprivation

Research on seafarers' work hours reveals huge risks to both shipping safety and the marine environment in the form of "seafarer fatigue." Studies have shown that worker fatigue plays a critical role in 16% of serious vessel casualties. Nearly 50% of seafarers surveyed felt that excessive working hours endangered safety at sea. 30% of workers reported shifts of twelve hours or longer.

Coast Guard responds to disabled JACKS OR BETTER CASINO off Mayport, Florida

The chartered vessel JACKS OR BETTER CASINO was disabled with 60 people aboard, about 600-yards offshore of Mayport, FL on Monday night, June 13. A call from the operator of the 155-foot vessel came in at 11:44 p.m. for the watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville. The vessel reportedly sustained a loss of propulsion while arriving at Mayport.

Capsized Boat Off Ocean City, MD Kills One, Five Others Rescued

Coast Guard watchstanders received word at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 11 that an 18-foot boat had capsized at the mouth of the Ocean City Inlet off the shore of Maryland, and multiple people fell in the water. Patrick Thompsen, spokesman for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, said that the boat became disabled when the anchor became caught in the boat's propeller, which caused the vessel to drift into the turbulent inlet.

Coast Guard Responds To Grounded RUBY LILY At San Juan Island

Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound responded to the grounded fishing vessel RUBY LILY, which ran aground at Petos Island, WA at around 1:30 a.m., Tuesday, June 7. Published reports give no indication of what caused the grounding. The vessel had one person on board, who is uninjured and decided to remain on board.

Bodies Of 5 Clam Diggers Found Off Alaska

Authorities have found the bodies of five clam diggers who went missing off Alaska while in a 22-foot skiff. The skiff was overloaded and swamped due to rough seas and strong winds, according to Alaska State Troopers. Troopers also say that only one of the five found was wearing a life jacket. There was no indication of what safety or communication equipment was aboard the skiff.

Alaska Fishing Vessel NOR'QUEST Goes Aground On Togiak Bay

May 25, 2011 - The 102-foot fish tender NOR'QUEST parted its anchor line and went aground on Togiak Bay on Wednesday with two crewmen aboard. The vessel was succesfully refloated after its fuel was removed on Monday with the assistance of Magone Marine and towed to Dutch Harbor. Early reports indicate there has been no environmental damage as a result of the grounding. The NOR'QUEST is owned by SRW Services and was reportedly in Togiak Bay to tender herring for Icicle Seafoods. No crewmen were reported injured in the accident.

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