US Coast Guard stresses Pacific Northwest boat safety following Labor Day rescue

The Coast Guard reminds boaters to make smart decisions while operating in the Pacific Northwest following the rescue of eight people from an overloaded vessel that capsized near Bainbridge Island over the Labor Day weekend.

“Between the overloading of the vessel, the lack of lifejackets and a water temperature of less than 60 degrees, they are lucky to be alive,” said Daniel Shipman, director of boating safety for the Coast Guard 13th District. “It doesn’t matter how strong a swimmer you are; the shock of cold water immersion can instantly impair your motor function. A lifejacket may be the only ting keeping you afloat.”

A Coast Guard Station Seattle 45-foot Response Boat — Medium crew and good Samaritan rescued seven adults, one child and a dog after their 12-foot skiff capsized in Eagle Harbor, Sunday.

Reportedly only the child was wearing a lifejacket and all eight people were in the water for at least 20 minutes prior to discovery by the good Samaritan. All the passengers were treated by EMS for mild hypothermia.

View the original press release about the rescue here: http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2233162/

Click on the text below to hear and download audio clips of the good Samaritan’s mayday call:

Sean Meek, a good Samaritan, issues a mayday call via VHF-FM channel 16 to Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound in Seattle to report a capsized vessel with multiple people in the water in Eagle Harbor near Bainbridge Island, Wash., Aug. 31, 2014.

Seven adults, a 4-year-old child and a dog were in the water for more than 20 minutes after their 12-foot skiff capsized before Meek and his daughter, Grace, heard their cries for help.

U.S. Coast Guard audio courtesy of Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound.

A watchstander at Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound in Seattle responds to a mayday call via VHF-FM channel 16 from Sean Meek, a good Samaritan reporting a capsized vessel with multiple people in the water in Eagle Harbor near Bainbridge Island, Wash., Aug. 31, 2014.

A 45-foot Response Boat — Medium crew from Coast Guard Station Seattle transferred the eight people and their dog to shore where they were treated by EMS for mild hypothermia.

U.S. Coast Guard audio courtesy of Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound.

Sean Meek, a good Samaritan, counts people in the water in Eagle Harbor near Bainbridge Island, Wash., while issuing a mayday call to watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound in Seattle via VHF-FM channel 16, Aug. 31, 2014. 

Officials believe the overloading of a 12-foot skiff contributed to the eight people and a dog being thrown from the vessel after it capsized around sunset.

U.S. Coast Guard audio courtesy of Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound.



Aberdeen’s KAHS radio brings home Washington State High School Radio Awards

Aberdeen High School’s radio station, the KAHS 106.5FM, walked away with four individual state titles out of the twelve categories contested in the Washington State High School Radio Awards. The four state titles match the cumulative total of all the state titles that the KAHS have won since the beginning of the competition in 2008, and the first since 2010. Leading the Bobcats was Aberdeen Senior and four year KAHS staff member, Erika Nelson. Erika won two state titles, Best PSA Campaign and Best Commentary, and took third at state in Best Radio Image Pieces.

 

Also taking home a state titles were AHS Senior Kellen Schroeder and Bobcat Sophomore Erin Kuhn. Kellen took first in Best Individual Newscast, while Erin took first in Best PSA. Kellen and team mate, Stephanie Boone took third in Best Public Affairs Program. For the first time since the start of the competition, Aberdeen swept an entire category, placing first, second and third in the Best PSA campaign. Besides Erika Nelson’s first place finish, Dakota Mullikin and Bailee Green took second and third respectively. Dakota also placed third in Best Commentary.

 

For the third year in a row, The KAHS took second in Overall Excellence, tying with five time champion KNHC-FM, Nathan Hale High School. KMIH-FM, Mercer Island High School, won its first team title. Becoming only the second school, other than Nathan Hale, to win that honor. In 2012, KGHP-FM Peninsula High School took first.

 

Since 2008, the Washington State High School Radio Awards have connected high school students throughout the state with industry professionals, in a format that provides feedback, instruction and competition to promote the industry. The Washington State High School Radio Awards is the brain child of KGHP-FM General Manager and Instructor, Leland Smith.

Coast Guard assists boaters who ran aground near Grays Harbor in Westport

The Coast Guard assisted boaters aboard a 26-foot recreational vessel that ran aground near Grays Harbor in Westport, Wash., Sunday.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Station Grays Harbor received a distress call from a good Samaritan on VHF-FM Channel 16, who reported a boat with four people aboard had run aground on the south jetty near Grays Harbor, at approximately 11:20 a.m.

The four people aboard the grounded vessel were reported wearing their lifejackets and with no visible injuries.

Crewmembers from Station Grays Harbor launched a 47-foot Motor Life Boat and a ground crew to the scene, while an aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Astoria in Warrenton, Ore., deployed an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter.

Three of the four boaters were able to walk the jetty to shore.

The fourth boater was hoisted aboard the Jayhawk and taken to Station Grays Harbor where local emergency medical support was waiting.

The crewmembers of the MLB were able to pull the vessel off the jetty and tow it to Station Grays Harbor.

There was no report of pollution.

Aircrew members from Coast Guard Air Station Astoria hoist a boater aboard an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter after the 26-foot recreational vessel he was on ran aground along the south jetty of Grays Harbor in kbkw.com/tag/westport” title=”View related articles”>Westport, Wash., March 23, 2014. The boater was taken to Coast Guard Station Grays Harbor where local emergency medical support was waiting. (U.S. Coast Guard video.)

Coast Guard medevacs injured crewmember 30 miles west of Grays Harbor

SEATTLE — The U.S. Coast Guard medically evacuated an injured crewmember from a fishing vessel 30 miles west of Grays Harbor, Wash., Wednesday.

Coast Guard Station Grays Harbor in Westport, Wash., received a medevac request on VHF-FM Channel 16 at approximately 7:13 p.m for a crewmember who had reportedly suffered a head injury aboard the Shirley R.

A 47-foot Motor Life Boat from Station Grays Harbor and an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Astoria were launched to assist.

The Jayhawk crew arrived on scene and began hoisting the man at approximately 8:30 p.m.

The crewmember was taken to the Bowerman Airport in Hoquiam, Wash., where he was transferred to awaiting EMS.

The man was taken by ambulance to Grays Harbor Community Hospital in stable condition.

Coast Guard hoists man from jetty near Ilwaco

WARRENTON, Ore. — An aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Astoria, Ore., hoisted one man after a vessel ran against the north jetty on the Columbia River near Ilwaco, Wash., Friday afternoon.

There were no reports of pollution or major injuries.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Columbia River, in Warrenton, were contacted at approximately 12 p.m. via VHF-FM radio by four mariners whose 17-foot vessel had become disabled and was drifting toward the jetty. Three people were able to get to shore while the vessel’s operator remained aboard to receive a tow from the good Samaritan crew of fishing vessel Beachcomber who towed the craft away from the jetty.

An aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Astoria, Ore., hoists a man after he became stranded on the north jetty on the Columbia River near Ilwaco, Wash., Jan. 17, 2014. The aircrew successfully hoisted the man aboard the helicopter and transported him to Station Cape Disappointment. U.S. Coast Guard video by Sector Columbia River, Ore.
An aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Astoria, Ore., hoists a man after he became stranded on the north jetty on the Columbia River near Ilwaco, Wash., Jan. 17, 2014. The aircrew successfully hoisted the man aboard the helicopter and transported him to Station Cape Disappointment. U.S. Coast Guard video by Sector Columbia River, Ore.

Search-and-rescue controllers diverted an aircrew aboard an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter, and directed the launch of a boatcrew from Station Cape Disappointment, in lwaco, Wash., aboard a 47-foot Motor Life Boat and a shore party to assist the stranded boaters. Two of the three stranded boaters were able to climb to safety with assistance from the Station Cape Disappointment shore party.

The aircrew was able to successfully hoist the third stranded man aboard the helicopter and transported him to Station Cape Disappointment.

The Cape Disappointment MLB crew took over the tow of the rescued vessel, towing it safely to the Fort Canby boat ramp in Columbia River’s Baker Bay.
“The Coast Guard thanks the crew of the fishing vessel Beachcomber for promptly rendering assistance by maneuvering close enough to the jetty to throw a line to the pleasure craft in distress and tow it to safety,” said Capt. Bruce Jones, Sector Columbia River commander and Jayhawk co-pilot for the case. “A few more minutes banging against the rocks and the vessel would have been seriously damaged or destroyed. Today serves as a reminder that even on beautiful, relatively calm days the Columbia River entrance can become dangerous to vessels with any type of mechanical failure. Boaters should always be thoroughly prepared to be placed in a survival situation.”

More Radio

Tuning around on the radio dial…

• KSWW “Sunny 102.1FM” (& 101.1 FM in Raymond) Adult Contemporary – 24 hours
Home of Rhys Davis in the morning

• KJET “105 7 The Jet” (& 93.1 FM in East County) Hot Adult Contemporary – 24 hours
Johnny Manson’s Morning Madhouse at 5am

• KANY “Bigfoot” 93 7″ FM – Fresh New Country – Your New Brand of Country – 24 hours
Big D and Bubba 6-10am, Doug McDowell 10am-noon, Brian Douglas in the afternoon

• KBKW NewsTalk 1450 AM and 94.7 FM – 24 hours – More Live talk than any other station in Grays Harbor. The only place to hear CoffeeTalk with Doug McDowell

 KLSY “The Quake” 107.9 FM -24 hours –  A tsunami of Classic Rock – broadcasting from somewhere off the Washington Coast

And coming soon to a radio near you – 100.5 FM, 103.9 FM, 107.3 FM 

 

 

• an Aberdeen radio station 1320 AM News Talk
• KXXK 95.3 FM Country
• KDUX 104.7 FM Classic Rock
• KWOK 1490 AM SportsTalk

Low Power FM Stations
A new low-power non-commercial radio service was recently authorized by the FCC to provide local programming to limited geographic areas, normally a 3-4 mile radius. Low Power FM stations in this area include:
• 89.1 FM KXPB-LP Pacific Beach (Pacific Beach Food Bank)
• 91.3 FM KOSW-LP Ocean Shores (City of Ocean Shores) 
• 98.5 FM KGHO-LP Hoquiam Oldies – moving to 99.9 FM
• 105.5 FM KQHS-LP Amanda Park
• 106.5 FM KAHS-LP Aberdeen (Abderdeen School District) “The KAHS” Alternative

Low Power FM stations are limited to 100 watts and cannot accept advertising, but can support operations with fund-raiser and “underwriting” announcements, similar to the way Channel 9 KCTS raises funds.

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KBKW – From the Harbors Only Locally Owned Media Group

Founded in 1949 by Ben K. Weatherwax, KBKW operates 24-hours on 1450 kHz AM & 94.7 FM, from studios at the Jodesha Broadcast Center, 1520 Simpson Avenue in Aberdeen.

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KBKW offers some of the biggest names in talk radio, and the area’s ONLY live local AM drive talk show.  Industry veteran Doug McDowell knows his subjects and not only knows what questions to ask, but how to ask them.  Doug’s daily CoffeeTalk program has become THE program to listen to every weekday.  You can talk to Doug on air between 6 and 10 am by calling 360-533-KBKW, or by emailing doug@kbkw.com.

Award winning News Director David Haviland reports on the latest breaking news that’s important to you. Email a newstip, or question, to news@kbkw.com.

Unlike some stations, most of KBKW weekday programming (and most weekend programming) is LIVE. We feel that’s important with the events going on around the world!

Fast Facts Our Location
Name: The Talk of Grays Harbor
Call Letters: KBKW-AM/FM
Dial Position: 1450/94.7
Coverage Area: Grays Harbor & Pacific Counties
Address: 1520 Simpson Avenue
Aberdeen Washington 98520
Office Phone: 360-533-3000
Second Phone:  
Office Fax: 360-532-1456
Request Line:  
Station Contacts

 

Bill Wolfenbarger “Boss Bill”
President
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Doug McDowell Doug McDowell 
Host: Coffee Talk 
Email Doug

 

Gabrielle Jordan
General Manager
Email Gabrielle

 

Johnny Manson
On-Air Mornings 5am-10am
Production Director
Email Johnny

 

Dave Haviland
News Director
Email Dave

 

Johnna Cogdill
Senior Marketing Consultant
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Grays Harbor County Emergency Management: Avoid rumors during a disaster

1)    There are numerous way citizens can become notified and receive information on severe weather or emergency/disaster events. AHAB Sirens, All Hazard ALERT Weather Radios, the Grays Harbor County Emergency Notification System, AM/FM Radio, The Grays Harbor County Emergency Website and the Grays Harbor County Emergency Management Twitter and Facebook pages. See below for information.

a)     Be aware the message television sends may NOT pertain to your site specific location!

b)    Local newspapers do present  pertinent information although the information will not be the most up to date at the time of reading.

c)     The internet presents another situation where the information you receive may not be relevant for your site specific location. Beware of the information you obtain and please check with a bonafide resource such as the numerous sources Grays Harbor Emergency Management provides.

d)    DO NOT call 911 for information. They will be overwhelmed with life threatening, emergency situations and will have no time to answer questions about the event.

 

2)    The All Hazard Alert Broadcast (AHAB) Sirens are designed to be heard within a 1 mile radius and OUTDOORS only. Be extremely aware that wind and rain can distort the voice message and also greatly reduce the distance you can hear the siren during severe weather. For notification if you are INDOORS, you will need to purchase an All Hazard Alert Weather Radio. The radios are available at various locations and range between $25.00 – $50.00. Be sure the radio is an ALERT radio. Many purchase radios that need to be tuned and turned on. Those radios WILL NOT provide the necessary protection and alerting your family needs. You’ll need an All Hazard ALERT Weather Radio that activates on its own.

 

3)    Misinformation causes confusion and rumor. If you are not sure about anything related to Emergency Management, severe weather or disaster preparation, please contact Grays Harbor County Emergency Management at: GHCDEM@co.grays-harbor.wa.us or call (360) 249-3911.  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

4)    AM/FM radio as well as your All Hazard Alert Weather Radio WILL provide you with pertinent information provided by Grays Harbor County Emergency Management for all Grays Harbor County residents.

 

5)    Please like follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook.

 

6)    If you are interested in signing up for the Grays Harbor Emergency Notification System which will provide you with a phone call, text message and an e-mail in the event of severe weather or an emergency or disaster situation, please follow the link and we will add you to our service. http://www.co.grays-harbor.wa.us/info/DEM/EMailTWS.asp

 

7)    Remember Grays Harbor County Emergency Management has a website at:

http://www.co.grays-harbor.wa.us/info/DEM/Index.asp  There is a great deal of information posted there.

 

8)    Emergency Preparedness is your responsibility. Local jurisdictions do not have the capability to assist you in the event of a disaster event. Please plan today for what will impact you in the future. Please call Grays Harbor County Emergency management at (360) 249-3911 or e-mail us at: GHCDEM@co.grays-harbor.wa.us for assistance in planning or to answer any further questions you may have.

Washington at Center of DC Debate over Community Radio

Churches operate a lot of LPFM stations. Cheryl Leanza, policy advisor with the United Church of Christ, says 10 years ago, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) gave out just over 800 licenses. Since then, media lobbyists have done their best to stop the practice.

“And unfortunately, Congress responded to the pressure of large incumbent broadcasters and drastically cut back the program. Now, we’re working to expand the program back to its original size.”

Critics of the low-power FM stations have cited interference with other radio frequencies as a reason to stop issuing the licenses. But Flores says the FCC already has rules that prevent interference and has studied the issue, at the request of Congress.

“I think the study was done in 2003 – by independent contractors and engineers studying the interference question – and found there was nothing: No problems with low-powered FMs being on the dial close to big commercial stations.”

The legislation has bipartisan support, including Sens. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and John McCain (R-AZ) as co-sponsors. Media watchdog groups are pushing for its passage before Congress adjourns for Christmas. They say it has been on the Senate calendar since March and fear it will be shelved without some action.

NOAA Has Been Right so Far, Predicts More Storms

Grays Harbor County Emergency Management is urging all citizens to prepare for the predicted severe weather events. The most important thing to remember about any weather related or disaster event is personal and business preparation. Become Pro-Active in preparation. Obtain the essential items to sustain yourself at home for at least one full 24 hour period with three days being the optimal preparation time period. Those prepared reduce the impact of the event on your family significantly. Those unprepared, risk the loss of property, their home, pets and livestock.
 The ESSENTIAL PREPARATION ITEMS include:
1)       Obtain an All Hazard Weather Radio, program it to the proper frequency and change the batteries in it every time we change the clocks.
2)      Sign up for the Grays Harbor County Notification System (You’ll receive a text message, phone call and an e-mail with information about any severe weather or disaster related issue)
3)      Find out where the closest shelter or safe haven is located and practice moving to that area with your entire family.
4)      All members of your family should have a person to call outside of Grays Harbor County to inform of their situation in the event they are separated from your family during an emergency or weather situation.
5)      Prepare a GO-KIT backpack with:  ** These are minimal amounts **
a)       an AM/FM battery operated portable radio
b)      Flashlight
c)       1- 2 bottles of water for each person and for each pet in the household.
d)      Matches in a waterproof container (plastic bag)
e)      Snack bars for your family and a small plastic bag of food for each pet
f)       Pocket knife
g)      A sweatshirt or light jacket for each member
h)      Disposable rain poncho for each member of your family
i)        Hand warmer packets
j)        Package of sanitary wipes
 
For more information on becoming PRO-ACTIVE and to sign up for the Grays Harbor County Notification System, please go to the Grays Harbor County Emergency Management website at: http://www.co.grays-harbor.wa.us/info/DEM/Index.asp , e-mail us at ghcdem@co.grays-harbor.wa.us or call (360) 249-3911.