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Coast Guard Rescues Man Fallen From Vessel

On June 23rd, 2014, Washington Coast Guard and State Ferry crews rescued a man who had fallen overboard from his boat close to Elliot Bay Marina. Preliminary reports indicate that the man was working with the fenders on the side of the boat and may have been knocked off by a wave or boat that rocked the vessel. The man called for help with his hand held marine radio, calling the Coast Guard watchstanders. 

F/V RUTH Runs Aground near Coos Bay, Oregon - Two Rescued, One Dead

Sunday night at 10:21, the Coast Guard received an unregistered EPIRB signal near Charleston, Oregon, which is located near the opening of Coos Bay. Shortly before 5:00 a.m., a search by sea and shore turned up the EPIRB floating in a small debris field a couple of miles in from the jetty.

F/V ADRIANNA Refloated and Away from Grays Harbor Beach

A few hours before dawn this past Friday, 44-foot F/V ADRIANNA went aground on a stretch of sandy beach on the Washington coast, about a half-mile south of the Grays Harbor entrance. Apparently, the crewmember operating the vessel at that time had fallen asleep at the helm. The Coast Guard has mentioned how fatigue has plagued the fishing industry recently, resulting in numerous other grounding accidents like this one, and has warned that crews must be extra aware along the coast, as groundings can be dangerous for both the crews and for the natural environment.

F/V FATE HUNTER Runs Aground Near Valdez, Alaska

Yesterday, 65-foot, steel-hulled fishing tender FATE HUNTER, which is home-ported in Astoria, Oregon, ran aground near Shoup Bay, about four miles west of Valdez, Alaska. None of the four-person crew were reported as injured. The crew of a Good Samaritan vessel, F/V AKEMI, were able to take the FATE HUNTER crew aboard and get them safely to Valdez.

F/V NEAHKAHNIE Grounded On Whidbey Island Near Bush Point

Around 4:00 a.m. today, the Coast Guard received word that Seattle-based, steel-hulled F/V NEAHKAHNIE had run aground near Bush Point, which is on the west side of Whidbey Island. According to reports, no one aboard the 97-foot vessel was injured and there has been no pollution. The Coast Guard has set a 250-foot safety zone around NEAHKAHNIE, and a salvage company has placed 500 feet of containment boom as a precaution while she's grounded.

F/V PACIFIC PRODUCER Hard Aground on a Kodiak Island Beach

No one was injured in the grounding, and no fuel has been spilled, but 169-foot fish processing vessel PACIFIC PRODUCER lies hard aground on the Kodiak side of Ouzinkie Narrows, which passes between Kodiak and Spruce Islands. She grounded there on March 15, only a couple of hours after having left the city of Kodiak, after lying in port for months. Seas at the time of the grounding were reported as fairly calm with a nine-foot tide. Current photos of the vessel show blue sky and very calm water. Despite decent weather conditions and lightening her load, it seems PACIFIC PRODUCER will remain aground until next week when it's hoped that she can be refloated in higher tides. There is a ten-inch crack in the hull wall of a water tank, but because it is a water tank area designed to hold water, it seems to pose no threat to refloating. The owner, Chris Tsabouris of East West Seafood in Seattle, is said to be working with a salvage company.

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.

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