• 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.”

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  • Coast Guard Cutter Mellon Returns to Homeport After 5-month International Deployment

    SEATTLE, Wash. – The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Mellon returned to homeport, Monday, concluding a five-month deployment to Southeast Asia in support of the international Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) exercises.

    Since departing March 31, 2010 Mellon has been an active partner throughout the success of the exercises. Under the command of Navy Destroyer Squadron 31, Mellon engaged in five training phases focused on strengthening relations and interoperability with the maritime services of Southeast Asia. The multi-national exercises consisted of training scenarios both on land and at sea, which took place in Brunei, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore.

    Throughout the CARAT deployment Mellon partnered with maritime law enforcement counterparts in law enforcement procedures and simulated boardings, small-boat operations, air-defenses exercises and tactical ship maneuvering.

    The crew of the Mellon also participated in community service projects to improve local conditions and establish a personal connection with residents. Combined service projects included mentoring children, rebuilding schools, and planting trees.

    Mellon is commanded by Capt. David S. Klipp and has a crew of 170 officers and enlisted personnel. A 378-foot, high-endurance cutter, Mellon typically performs lengthy patrols enforcing fishery laws in Alaskan waters and counter-narcotics operations off the coast of Central America.

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  • Coast Guard Responds to 60-foot Vessel on Fire Near Long Beach

    LONG BEACH, Wash. – Coast Guard crews responded to a boat fire approximately 10 miles from the coast of Long Beach, Wash.,  Monday.

    Coast Guard Group/Air Station Astoria received a call at 4 p.m. from a crewman aboard the 60-foot fishing vessel Portlock reporting that the vessel was on fire.

    The two crewmembers aboard Portlock were able to relay coordinates to a Coast Guard watchstander before abandoning ship into a liferaft.

    The Coast Guard Cutter Active, homeported in Port Angeles, Wash., was eight miles from the burning vessel and was diverted to assist.  Additionally, Air Station Astoria launched an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew and Station Cape Disappointment, Wash., launched a 47-foot motor lifeboat crew to assist.

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  • Fishing vessel crew saves 2 near Grays Harbor

    The crew of a fishing vessel rescued two men from the water near buoy 24 in Grays Harbor, Washington, Sunday. The men, one 72-year-old and one 53-year-old, both Tacoma residents, were safely transferred to a Coast Guard Station Grays Harbor crew aboard a 25-foot Response Boat-Small, and taken to the station where they were met […]

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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.

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  • 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.

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  • Coast Guard to assist RCMP during Winter Olympics

    Top notch athletes throughout the world are in the final stages of training for the 21st Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia.  As the world prepares for this fury of sporting spectacle, professionals of another sort are training around-the-clock to provide maritime safety and security throughout the region during the games.

    The U.S. Coast Guard will be assisting its Canadian counterparts with security measures for the areas surrounding Vancouver, to include the maritime U.S./Canadian border.

    It’s a tall order considering the San Juan Island chain on the U.S. side of the border is peppered with more than 170 islands and Canada has its own island chain north of U.S. waters leading into the Vancouver region.

    Coast Guard planning for the security of the Winter Olympics, certain to draw millions to the region, has been coordinated between the U.S. and Canada for more than a year and the Coast Guard has been actively training with Canadian personnel since 2007. 

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