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December 2011 Archives

Washington Woman Dies in Florida Diving Boat Sinking

According to reports, on December 18 around 3:15, GET WET, a commercial diving boat with two crew and six dive customers on board, had finished its first dive at Molasses Reef off Key Largo and had just begun powering away to a second dive location when it quickly began taking in water over the stern. The approximately 30-foot vessel was soon submerged, trapping two of the customers underwater. GET WET Captain John Nathaniel swam in to pull them out, finding both unconscious. Amit Rampurkarl of New York is now reported in stable condition, but Aimee Rhoads of Washington state did not respond to CPR and was pronounced dead.

Two Survive Boat Capsizing Near Chetco River, But One Perishes

Even a quick response from Coast Guard Station Chetco River and CPR sadly did not save the life of one of the three people seen holding onto their capsized 16-foot pleasure boat near the mouth of the Chetco River in Oregon, shortly after noon on December 22. A witness on shore called for help; the Coast Guard launched a 25-foot boat and crew and recovered the three boaters within minutes of the call.

F/V Arica Avoids Sinking in Lake Union, Seattle

Shortly after 5:00 this morning, F/V ARICA, a 200-foot fishing vessel moored in Lake Union in Seattle, began to take on water. ARICA had been in drydock and was recently returned to the water. The crew had set up pumps to expel water from an apparent hull leak. Early this morning, the power source to the pumps failed; the water level is reported to have become about a foot deep inside the engine room by the time Seattle firefighters arrived with enough pumps to resume the work.

Sinking of F/V RANDI off Coos Bay, Oregon

During the afternoon of December 12, F/V RANDI capsized and sunk about three miles off the Coos Bay jetty with three fishermen on board. Two fishermen, Seth Smith and Bruce Potts, survived and were picked up by F/V PATTY AJ. Jim Peterson, who was trapped inside the wheelhouse, is still missing.

Coast Guard Tows Disabled Fishing Boat to Safety

On November 30, the Coast Guard answered a distress call from the STEVE C, a fishing vessel holding around 22 tons of catch. Apparently, the STEVE C had lost steering in bad weather about 21 miles northwest of Clatsop Spit, Oregon, that morning. Coast Guard reached the STEVE C by 52-foot motor lifeboat TRIUMPH early that afternoon and, through 14-18 foot swells, was able to tow the disabled vessel across the Columbia River bar to moor at Cape Disappointment shortly after midnight. There were no injuries reported.

Ill Crewmember Airlifted to Cold Bay Medical Facility

November 21, a 23-year-old Chinese crewman aboard the Panamanian-flagged 958-foot Shagangfirst Power was taken ill, suffering from abdominal pain. The Shagangfirst Power was only 72 miles off Cold Bay at the time of their radio call to the Coast Guard. The crewman was promptly medevaced by an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter, which launched from Coast Guard Cutter Sherman, to receive emergency medical treatment in Cold Bay, yet another example of Coast Guard air and sea rescue coordination.

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