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Coast Guard rescues injured cargo ship crewman

SEATTLE (AP) — A Coast Guard helicopter has airlifted an injured crewman from a cargo ship in the Pacific about 10 miles west of Grays Harbor, Wash…. …read more

Coast Guard evacuates 2 from bulk carrier

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Two men aboard a Hong Kong-flagged ship located near the tip of the Alaska Peninsula, close to the Aleutian Islands, have been flown to a Seattle hospital for treatment of severe burns…. …read more

Coast Guard: Navy Helicopter With 5 Aboard Goes Down in Atlantic About 18 Miles off Virginia

Coast Guard: Navy helicopter with 5 aboard goes down in Atlantic about 18 miles off Virginia

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Search continues for body of missing woman

LEWISTON, Idaho (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard has joined the search of the Snake River near Clarkston, Wash., for the body of a Lewiston woman who has been missing since April 2010…. …read more

Ecology publishes updated Grays Harbor oil-spill response plan

OLYMPIA — The Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) and U.S. Coast Guard published an updated Grays Harbor Geographic Response Plan this week to improve site-specific, oil-spill response strategies in the area. The plan is one of 19 geographic response plans (GRPs) in the state designed to lessen the impact of spilled oil on sensitive natural,…

Seattle-based cutter to help ships in Antarctic

SEATTLE (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard is sending the Seattle-based Polar Star cutter to help two ships that are trapped in Antarctic ice…. …read more

Coast Guard responds to fire aboard fish processor in Westport

WESTPORT, Wash. – A 131-foot fish processing vessel erupted into flames early Saturday morning. The Coast Guard reports the master of The Juno was aboard at the time, and was not hurt. The cause of the fire is under investigation, and no injuries were reported. The Westport Fire department said the fire was reported at…

Man Jumps From Cruise Ship; Coast Guard Searching Seas

The U.S. Coast Guard is searching for a man who jumped overboard a Royal Caribbean cruise ship.

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Ghost ship washes ashore in Ocean Shores

OCEAN SHORES, Wash. – A sailboat abandoned off the coast of Oregon has washed up on an Ocean Shores, Washington beach. Last weekend’s storm prompted the helicopter evacuation of “The Rock,” a 40-foot long sailboat beset by weather more than 14 miles off shore of Tillamook, Oregon on Saturday. That sailboat was discovered Wednesday morning by Ocean Shores police near the Shilo Inn beach approach.
Ocean Shore Officer Shawn Beebe tells us the only thing visible at the time was the ship’s mast around noon, police recovered what they could during low tide, including the vessel’s dinghy.

The Coast Guard confirms the ship is breaking up in the surf, it’s pilot house and gear washing ashore.
The potential pollution is 20 gallons of gas and 10 gallons of diesel. However the owner, an Oak Harbor, Washington resident, had left the engine engaged so it is believed all diesel was consumed. Coast Guard Sector Columbia River’s Incident Management Division determined there is no recoverable pollution at this time. The owner and station have been notified, and the owner is en route this morning to see if possible to salvage anything else from the vessel.

Coast Guard rescues teenage hiker from Olympic National Park

SEATTLE, Wash. – The U.S. Coast Guard medevac’d a 15-year old hiker after she fell from a 15-foot cliff north of the Hoh River in Olympic National Park, in Clallam, Wash., Monday.

The hiker was reported in stable condition.

At approximately 10:46 a.m., watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound in Seattle received a request from National Park Service employees to rescue a fallen hiker.

The hiker, an Idaho native visiting the park on a school field trip, had reportedly fallen head-first onto a beach and was in-and out-of consciousness.

The duty flight surgeon from Coast Guard Air Station Port Angeles, Wash., spoke with National Park Service rangers and agreed to perform the medevac.

A HH-65 Dolphin crew arrived on scene and lowered a rescue swimmer. The girl was hoisted aboard the Dolphin at approximately 1:12 p.m. and taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

Fishing vessel safely removed from beach near Grays Harbor

WARRENTON, Ore. – The U.S. Coast Guard working closely with the Washington Department of Ecology, safely coordinated the refloating of the fishing vessel Adrianna, which went aground approximately one-half mile south of the entrance to Grays Harbor, Wash., Friday.

At 12:50 p.m., the fishing vessel crew, using a rising tide, was able to utilize the fishing vessel’s engines to safely move the vessel from the shore to open water where they were met by a 47-foot Motor Life Boat crew from Coast Guard Station Grays Harbor.

Watchstanders at Sector Columbia River received a report over VHF marine radio channel 16 at 3:20 a.m., from the crew of the Adrianna stating that they had run aground on the sandy beach just south of the Grays Harbor South Jetty. It was also reported by the vessel master that a “crewmember fell asleep at the wheel.”

Comments sought on draft Grays Harbor oil spill response plan

OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) and U.S. Coast Guard are accepting comments through Oct. 15 on draft updates to a plan used to improve site-specific oil-spill response strategies for Grays Harbor.

The plan, called the Grays Harbor Geographic Response Plan, is designed to minimize the impact of spilled oil on sensitive natural, cultural, and economic resources during the early hours of an oil-spill incident.

The plan details contain site-specific spill response measures like oil-containment booming and notification strategies. It also establishes priorities based on potential spill locations and the proximity of sensitive resources to them.

The Grays Harbor Geographic Response Plan (GRP) is one of 19 such plans in the state. It covers shoreline and nearshore areas of Grays Harbor from Cosmopolis to the Pacific Coast (Grayland to Copalis Beach). 

Coast Guard rescues unconscious fisherman off of Grays Harbor coast

GRAYS HARBOR, Wash. – The Coast Guard says it has rescued an unconscious fisherman off a vessel west of Grays Harbor, Wash.

The Coast Guard received a call for help around 6:30 a.m. Saturday. The crewmember had been knocked unconscious when a block hit him in the head.

CPR helped the fisherman breath again, but he did not regain consciousness on the vessel.

The man was taken to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland, Ore.

Coast Guard rescues 2 people, 2 pets in Columbia River

ASTORIA, Ore. — The Coast Guard rescued two people and their two dogs after their boat capsized on the Columbia River near Chinook, Wash., Wednesday.

Coast Guard Sector Columbia River in Warrenton, Ore., received a call stating a 17-foot pleasure craft was taking on water on the Columbia River near Fort Columbia State Park near McGowan, Wash., with two people and two dogs on board at approximately 3:30 p.m.

Sector Columbia River launched a 25-foot response boat crew from Coast Guard Station Cape Disappointment in Ilwaco, Wash. The crew arrived on scene at approximately 3:40 p.m. to find the boat capsized and the people clinging to the boat and their dogs. Crewmembers threw heaving lines to the victims and pulled both people along with their dogs from the water. The people and dogs were transported to Chinook Marina in Chinook with no injuries.

Columbia River Coastal Tow plans to salvage the partially submerged vessel at high tide. Approximately 20 gallons of gasoline remain on board. No pollution has been reported.

Coast Guard rescues stranded hikers in Olympic National Park

SEATTLE—Two Coast Guard helicopter crews from separate units worked together to rescue two injured hikers who had fallen approximately 50 feet into a ravine in Olympic National Park, approximately 30 miles south of Port Angeles, Wash., Wednesday.

Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound received notification at approximately 7:30 a.m. that a personal locater beacon had been activated near the center of the park. At the time, there was believed to be a single hiker stranded.

The 19-year-old male hiker was able to establish communications with Olympic National Park Rangers using a satellite phone. He expressed that he had fallen into a ravine and his condition was deteriorating.

Rangers determined that rescue crews would have to hike approximately 12 miles to reach the stranded hiker.

Cantwell Introduces Bill to Jumpstart Oil Spill Response Capability

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) recently introduced legislation to kick start investments in research and development to upgrade the nation’s oil spill response technology. The Oil Spill Technology and Development Act of 2013 (S. 1483), introduced on August 2, would encourage innovative approaches for responding to oil spills in the 21st century.  


The legislation would establish small, targeted grants to further the development of new technologies to effectively contain and clean up oil spills. Additionally, the bill would require the United States Coast Guard to maintain a program for evaluating and implementing ‘best available technology’ to ensure access to the most effective tools to respond to oil spill threats.


Cantwell’s bill would also require research into methods of cleaning up oil spills in icy conditions and addressing the unique challenges of tar sands oil. Oil from tar sands is uniquely difficult to remove after a spill, because it’s more corrosive than other types of oil and contains heavy metals. Types of tar sands oil are also known to sink, which make it harder to contain and remove oil from the water’s surface. 


Canadian companies are poised to increase traffic of supertankers carrying tar sands oil through the waters around the San Juan Islands and in the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Barges with tar sands oil are already crossing the Puget Sound and according to some reports, tanker traffic could increase by 300 percent in the future.

Coast Guard responds, 4 already rescued from Grays Harbor waters by passing boat

GRAYS HARBOR, WASH. – The Coast Guard says they dispatched a helicopter and a boat after learning of a mayday call about four people in the water about 12 miles west of Grays Harbor, Wash., but a passing boat managed to rescue all four.

The four were taken aboard the vessel Carmelita on Monday. All had been wearing life jackets, it was not known how they ended up in the water.

Coast Guard Petty Officer Zac Crawford in Seattle says his agency sent the helicopter and boat but “it was all taken care off” so they returned to their stations.

Alaska trip ends in tragedy for Montesano men

ANCHORAGE, AK (AP) – Three old friends from Montesano High School were on a fishing and camping trip in Alaska when high winds and seas dumped them into the water off Baranof Island. Only one made it to shore. The Associated Press reports after overshooting their destination on Southeast Alaska’s Baranof Island, three friends in the borrowed aluminum fishing boat turned around and realized they were facing strong winds and big waves. They gunned it for shore — to no avail.

The water swamped the 24-foot boat in an ordeal that apparently left just one of them alive, the Anchorage Daily News reported.

Dennis Monroe, 46, and Fred Swenson, both of Montesano, Grays Harbor County, were on a fishing and camping trip with John Reid, of Sitka, Alaska, on Thursday evening. They had planned to meet up with three other men about 15 miles from Sitka, on their way to Baranof Island’s southern tip.

They missed the rendezvous spot, said Alaska State Troopers spokeswoman Beth Ipsen. When they aimed for shore, the boat swamped 200 yards out.

The three, all wearing life jackets, managed to climb into a small raft, but the waves tossed them out. Monroe and Swenson made it to a rock about halfway to land, where they could see Reid struggling in the water before being swept out of sight, Ipsen said.

The rising tide forced them from the rock, and only Monroe made it to shore.

“When he turned around, he saw Fred,” Ipsen said. “And then it’s dark, and he didn’t see him anymore.”

Coast Guard assists in rescue of two women near Cannon Beach

ASTORIA, Ore. – A Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew and a Cannon Beach Fire Rescue crew rescued two women from a cliff near Cannon Beach, Ore., July 21, 2013.

At approximately 4:50 p.m., watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Columbia River, in Warrenton, Ore., received a call reporting two women stuck on a cliff at Chapman’s Point, near Cannon Beach.

Columbia River watchstanders dispatched the Coast Guard aircrew, which then safely hoisted one of the women. She was transferred to the Cannon Beach Fire Rescue crew and evaluated by Cannon Beach Emergency Medical Services at approximately 5:15 p.m.

The second woman was assisted off the cliff by the Cannon Beach Fire Rescue crew and transported to Cannon Beach Fire Station and EMS. There were no reports of serious injuries.

Coast Guard assists disabled fishing vessel off of Grays Harbor coast

COPALIS BEACH, Wash - Crewmembers aboard two 47-foot Motor Life Boats from Coast Guard Station Grays Harbor, in Westport, Wash., and the Coast Guard Cutter Fir, a 225-foot Seagoing Buoytender homeported in Astoria, Ore., assisted the disabled fishing vessel Lady Law, a 75-foot commercial fishing vessel, in the Pacific Ocean near Copalis Beach, Wash., Wednesday.

There were no reports of injuries or pollution.

“Having two MLBs conduct a tow of a vessel over the limitations of a single MLB was a great experience,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Ivan Bell, coxswain of MLB 47216. “Never have I had the opportunity to conduct such a task. The training and experience of the MLB crews met and exceeded my expectations.”

Crewmembers aboard the vessel contacted watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Columbia River, in Warrenton, Ore., notifying them that the vessel had a jammed rudder and was disabled and adrift in the Pacific Ocean about 10 miles from Copalis Beach, Wash.

“I have never worked in tandem with another MLB during a tow before,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Trey Biffle, coxswain of MLB 47239. “The constant communication between the two boats was paramount in successfully mooring a vessel well outside one 47′s capabilities.”

The crew of the Fir, already underway, initially towed the vessel to Grays Harbor and transferred the tow to the Westport-based MLB crews. The vessel was safely towed to Westhaven Marina at 3:15 p.m.

“The successful tow of the F/V Lady Law was due to the outstanding team effort demonstrated by Sector Columbia River, CGC Fir, and Station Grays Harbor,” said Chief Warrant Officer Gary L. Clark, commanding officer of Station Grays Harbor. “All were instrumental in completing this mission. This case would have proven to be very difficult for the Station to complete on its own. I am extremely proud of the superior seamanship and boat handling skills demonstrated by my crew and equally impressed by the collaborative efforts of all involved.”