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, cultural, and economic resources during t an incident. It covers shoreline and nearshore areas from Cosmopolis to the Pacific Coast (Grayland to Copalis Beach).
The Grays Harbor GRP is part of a larger plan called the Northwest Area Contingency Plan (NWACP) which covers Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. The NWACP functions as Washington State’s master plan for oil spill and hazardous substance release response. The NWACP is maintained by the Northwest Area Committee, which includes the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, Idaho State Emergency Response Commission, and Ecology.

From the end of August through mid-October, Ecology solicited public comments on the updated draft GRP for Grays Harbor. Over 40 comments were received during this period from ten groups or individuals. “We appreciate the feedback because it allows us to develop a plan with input from citizens, resource managers, spill response contractors, industry representatives, tribal governments, and local officials,” said Dale Jensen, Spills Program Manager. “Updating the GRP is one of several readiness improvements happening in Grays Harbor over the next months.  The natural environment of the harbor is truly a jewel to this state, and the harbor is getting a well deserved boost in oil spill preparedness.”

The updated plan contains 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. Jensen said all of the strategies within the plan support Ecology’s goal of a rapid, aggressive, and well coordinated response to oil spills.  Other improvements will include tugs, more equipment staged locally and an opportunity for vessel owners to volunteer for training to support oil spill responses.

The former Grays Harbor GRP was published in March, 2003 and work to update the plan began in August, 2009. The updated plan is significantly more detailed, and nearly six times larger than the former plan. All parts of the existing plan were comprehensively reviewed and updated, with two dozen response strategies added.

The updated plan and Ecology’s response to public comments are available online:
. 2013 Grays Harbor GRP Web page: http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/spills/preparedness/GRP/GraysHarbor/GraysHarbor.html
. Ecology’s Response to Comments on draft updated Grays Harbor GRP: http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/spills/preparedness/GRP/GraysHarbor/GraysHarbor-RTC.pdf
. The Grays Harbor GRP is part of the larger Northwest Area Contingency Plan.

For more information:
Geographic Response Plans:  http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/spills/preparedness/GRP/Introduction/introduction.htm
Ecology Spills Program:
http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/spills/spills.html

Ecology’s social media:
www.ecy.wa.gov/about/newmedia.html

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 1:30 Saturday morning, they contacted watch-standers at Coast Guard Station Grays Harbor in Westport for assistance fighting the fire. Two 47-foot Motor Life Boat crews were launched to respond.

The fire was reported out at 4:05 a.m. There is thought to be approximately 5,000 gallons of firefighting water aboard, with 4 1/2 to 5 feet on deck, causing the vessel to list.

Members of the incident management division from Coast Guard Sector Columbia River in Warrenton, Ore., were dispatched to the scene to monitor the removal of the firefighting water and mitigate any potential environmental hazards caused by the vessel.

Tall ship Lady Washington runs aground at Westport

WESTPORT, Wash. – The tall ship Lady Washington ran aground last night at the entrance to the Westport Marina.
The Grays Harbor Historical Seaport said on their facebook page that they were directed by the US Coast Guard to Port Angeles, where she will be hauled out for a hull inspection on Saturday. If all goes well, she will sail for Half Moon Bay, Calif. on Sunday morning.

Ghost ship washes ashore in Ocean Shores

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WARRENTON, Ore. – Coast Guard rescued a sailor from his sailboat, which was beset by weather more than 14 miles off shore of Tillamook Harbor Saturday.

The crew of an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter rescued the skipper of the 40-foot long sailboat, The Rock, and safely transferred him to Coast Guard Air Station Astoria.

Coast Guard Sector Columbia River received a call for assistance from the Duane Jones, an Oak Harbor, Wash., resident and the skipper of the sailboat, stating he was experiencing severe weather off the Oregon Coast.

Due to the Tillamook Harbor Bar being closed to all recreational boat traffic and with the onset of night, Jones did not feel safe staying on his boat and asked to be rescued.

The Jayhawk crew arrived on scene with the sailboat and safely hoisted Jones from his boat.

“This is our first major storm of the fall and we want to make sure that all boaters are prepared for the weather,” said Petty Officer 1st Class William Whitford, an operations specialist at Sector Columbia River. “This guy did the right thing in letting us know that he was experiencing difficulties and then asking for help when things got beyond his control. All boaters need to be prepared for any possibilities, including having the proper radio equipment on board to call for help if needed.”

As weather permits, Air Station Astoria crews are planning a future flight to find the abandoned vessel and ascertain its condition. Any salvage of the vessel will be the owner’s responsibility.

There were no injuries in this rescue. 

For safe boating information, please visit: http://www.uscgboating.org/

A Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter approaches Air Station Astoria, Ore., after rescuing a man from his sailboat off of Tillamook Harbor, Ore., Sept. 28, 2013. The sailor was aboard his 40-foot sailboat and experiencing waves of more than 20 feet when he requested assistance from the Coast Guard. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class David Mosley.

A Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter approaches Air Station Astoria, Ore., after rescuing a man from his sailboat off of Tillamook Harbor, Ore., Sept. 28, 2013.

The sailor was aboard his 40-foot sailboat and experiencing waves of more than 20 feet when he requested assistance from the Coast Guard.

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class David Mosley.

A Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter returns to Air Station Astoria, Ore., after safely rescuing a man from his sailboat off of Tillamook Harbor, Ore., Sept. 28, 2013. A severe fall storm with winds of more than 25 mph and waves of more than 20 feet caused the sailor to request assistance from the Coast Guard. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class David Mosley.

A Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter returns to Air Station Astoria, Ore., after safely rescuing a man from his sailboat off of Tillamook Harbor, Ore., Sept. 28, 2013.

A severe fall storm with winds of more than 25 mph and waves of more than 20 feet caused the sailor to request assistance from the Coast Guard.

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class David Mosley.

Duane Jones (left), who was just rescued from his 40-foot sailboat shares a moment with his rescuers upon returning to Coast Guard Air Station Astoria, Ore., Sept. 28, 2013. An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Astoria rescued Jones who was caught in a fall storm off the Oregon coast. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class David Mosley.

Duane Jones (left), who was just rescued from his 40-foot sailboat shares a moment with his rescuers upon returning to Coast Guard Air Station Astoria, Ore., Sept. 28, 2013.

An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Astoria rescued Jones who was caught in a fall storm off the Oregon coast.

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class David Mosley.

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

Coast Guard air and boatcrews responded where an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew lowered a dewatering pump to the vessel and then landed on the nearby beach to assist in the pumps operation.  The boatcrew was unable to assist the 44-foot steel-hulled vessel due to the shallow water depth.  However, Station Grays Harbor personnel organized a beach team and reached the vessel by foot.

There are no reports of crew injuries or pollution from the grounding of the vessel. 

The cause of the incident is under investigation. 


Coast Guard personnel from Coast Guard Sector Columbia River arrive at the location of the fishing vessel Adrianna approximately one-half mile south of the entrance to Grays Harbor, Wash., Sept. 6, 2013.  The fishing vessel went aground after a crewmember reportedly fell asleep while driving the boat.  U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Esquivel.

Coast Guard personnel from Coast Guard Sector Columbia River arrive at the location of the fishing vessel Adrianna approximately one-half mile south of the entrance to Grays Harbor, Wash., Sept. 6, 2013.

The fishing vessel went aground after a crewmember reportedly fell asleep while driving the boat.

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Esquivel.

The 44-foot fishing vessel Adrianna rests aground in shallow waters approximately one-half mile south of the entrance to Grays Harbor, Wash., Sept. 6, 2013.  The vessel was carrying three crewmembers when is went aground, however, no injuries or pollution were reported from the incident.  U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Esquivel.

The 44-foot fishing vessel Adrianna rests aground in shallow waters approximately one-half mile south of the entrance to Grays Harbor, Wash., Sept. 6, 2013.

The vessel was carrying three crewmembers when is went aground, however, no injuries or pollution were reported from the incident.

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Esquivel.

- See more at: http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/1892121/Multimedia-Release-Fishing-vessel-safely-removed-from-beach-near-Grays-Harbor-Wash-#sthash.Il2Ug0Cs.dpuf


Audio: The master of the fishing vessel Adrianna calls for help as the vessel goes aground approximately one-half mile south of the entrance to Grays Harbor, Wash., Sept. 6, 2013. Coast Guard crews responded where they helped ensure the safety of the three crewmembers aboard the fishing vessel. U.S. Coast Guard audio.

Comments sought on draft Grays Harbor oil spill response plan

The current Grays Harbor GRP was published in March 2003. Work to update the plan began in August 2009. The updated draft version of the plan is significantly more detailed, and nearly six times larger than the existing plan. All parts of the existing plan were reviewed and updated, with two dozen response strategies added.

The plan was developed with input from citizens, resource managers, spill response contractors, industry representatives, and local officials. 

All comments received will be reviewed and considered before the final version of the plan is produced. 

Comments may be submitted to GRPs@ecy.wa.gov or mailed to Washington Department of Ecology, Spill Prevention, Preparedness, and Response (GRPs), P.O. Box 47600, Olympia, WA  98504-7600.

The GRP is part of the larger Northwest Area Contingency Plan.

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

Olympic National Park, through the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center, requested the Coast Guard medically evacuate the hiker just before 11 a.m. 

A Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew was launched from Air Station Port Angeles, Wash., at approximately 12:09 p.m. 

Another Coast Guard helicopter, an MH-60 Jayhawk from Coast Guard Air Station Astoria, Ore., was conducting aids to navigation in the vicinity of Port Ludlow, Wash. The crew was diverted to assist in the rescue, if needed, and act as a communications platform.

The Dolphin helicopter crew arrived on scene and lowered a rescue swimmer and a litter to transport the patient. It was then discovered by the crew that a second hiker, who had sustained minor injuries, was also in the ravine.

Both hikers were hoisted by the Dolphin crew and transported to Air Station Port Angeles. They were then taken by ambulance to the Olympic Memorial Hospital in Port Angeles.

Their conditions are unknown.

Olympic National Park personnel assisted in the rescue.