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February 2013 Archives

F/V PERSISTENCE Safely Escorted into Grays Harbor, WA

Last night, according to a Coast Guard report, the three-person crew of crabbing vessel PERSISTENCE found themselves taking on more water than their dewatering pump could keep up with, and they were running low on the fuel the pump required. Seas were reported as 10-12 feet with 10-20 knots of wind.

F/V MEGAN MARIE and Crew of Five Avoids Sinking Off Nantucket, MA

The crew of 80-foot F/V MEGAN MARIE sent a distress call to the Coast Guard last Wednesday evening, February 20, reporting that their dewatering pumps were not keeping up with the flooding they were experiencing. MEGAN MARIE was about 100 miles southeast of Nantucket, MA, in seas of 10 to 14 feet with 25-knot winds, at the time.

M/V HARITA BAUXITE Sinks Off Northwest Coast of Luzon, Philippines

Panamanian-flagged, 630-foot HARITA BAUXITE sunk on February 17, about twelve miles off of the Bolinao Coast, which is located on the South China Sea side of the main Philippine island, Luzon. While HARITA BAUXITE was en route from Obi, Indonesia, to Ningbo, China, the engine failed. Right now, it's believed that rolling powerless in heavy seas caused her cargo of coal or ore to shift, resulting in HARITA BAUXITE capsizing and sinking in approximately 6,000 feet of water. An oil sheen has been noted in the area, the seas have been too rough, because of a tropical storm, to do anything to contain it.

Two Willapa Bay Crabbers Avoid Death Thanks to Oyster Farm Crew

This past Friday, according to reports, a manager from Goose Point Oysters, Francisco Meliton, and his crew spotted two crabbers, said to be a 71-year-old man and a 59-year-old woman, standing on a sand spit in the distance near Pine Island in Willapa Bay. The oyster crew first approached the capsized twelve-foot skiff, which was glinting in the intermittent sunshine. Meanwhile, the tide was coming up and the sand spit where the two crabbers were standing was going deeper under water. The weather was cold and windy.

F/V BLUE WATER TOO Medical Crewmember Evacuated Near Tillimook Bay, Oregon

A 64-year-old crewmember was reported as having chest pains while on board Oregon-based F/V BLUE WATER TOO. The call for assistance came in during the afternoon of February 13, while the vessel was about two nautical miles off the mouth of Tillimook Bay. A Coast Guard motor lifeboat was able to transport the crewman for emergency medical care. At that time, his condition was listed as stable.

F/V STARBOUND - Ailing Crewman Airlifted by Coast Guard

Shortly after midnight on February 13, a 44-year-old crewman aboard F/V STARBOUND was reported as having heart attack symptoms. The Coast Guard deployed a helicopter the roughly 69 miles where STARBOUND lay off St. Paul, Alaska, to airlift the man to the St. Paul Clinic.

Carnival Triumph Adrift After Fire Engine Room

CARNIVAL TRIUMPH, an 893-foot cruise ship with a 3858 passengers and crew capacity, went adrift about 150 miles off the Yucatan Peninsula on February 10 after a fire in the engine room disabled the power supply; the ship thus lost propulsion. Fortunately, the fire was extinguished quickly by an automatic fire extinguishing system, and no one was reported injured.

F/V NORTHERN LEADER Due to Join Alaska Leader Fisheries Fleet April 2013

F/V NORTHERN LEADER was launched in a ceremony complete with a champagne christening at Martinac Shipyard in Tacoma, WA, on January 26, 2013, a couple of hours before sunrise. Construction will continue at Martinac until her intended completion date this April. The plan is for NORTHERN LEADER to be home ported in Kodiak, AK, and run out of Dutch Harbor to catch and process Alaska cod, sablefish, and other groundfish in the Bering Sea, the Aleutian Islands, and the North Pacific.

Massachusetts Fishing Crews Rescued in Time in Separate Incidents

Yesterday at around 1:20 a.m., about eight miles south of Chatham, MA, the four-person crew of 47-foot F/V CAPTAIN R.M. CHACE sent out a distress call to the Coast Guard, relaying that their vessel was flooding. The crew donned their survival suits as they waited for the Coast Guard to arrive with an additional dewatering pump. The extra pump controlled the flooding enough for them to escort CAPTAIN R.M. CHACE to port in Hyannis, where the fishing crew was able to offload their catch.

F/V GENESIS A - Salvage After Grounding at Willapa Bay

The crew of F/V GENESIS A issued a mayday at around 2:40 a.m. on January 25, reporting that they were grounded on a sand bar near Leadbetter Point at the mouth of Willapa Bay, Washington. About one hour later, the four stranded crewmembers and their dog were air lifted to safety by Coast Guard helicopter. No injuries were reported.

Fisherman Medevaced from Coastal Villages Region Fund Vessel NORTH SEA

A fisherman was air-lifted from F/V NORTH SEA, a Seattle-based 126-foot crab boat owned by Coastal Villages Region Fund, on January 30. According to reports, NORTH SEA crewmembers called the Coast Guard around 2:00 p.m. after the 23-year-old fisherman was seen suffering seizure-like symptoms and required medical attention.

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