Coast Guard participates in annual Unalaska emergency towing drill

Coast Guard Alaska News
KODIAK, Alaska – The Coast Guard participated in an emergency towing system drill with the City of Unalaska and various local and state partners near Unalaska Bay, Tuesday.

The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley along with a Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew and members of Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment Dutch Harbor assisted in the drill to help the City of Unalaska prepare for maritime emergencies.

Seamen Brendan Kiley and Michael Mackie observe as a Coast Guard small boat crew passes a line to the Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley crew from the Seattle-based fishing vessel Sea Trader during a drill near Unalaska, Alaska, Sept. 9, 2014. The small boat crew transferred the line so the Alex Haley crew could take the Sea Trader in tow. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Dale Arnould)

Seamen Brendan Kiley and Michael Mackie observe as a Coast Guard small boat crew passes a line to the Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley crew during a drill near Unalaska, Alaska, Sept. 9, 2014. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Dale Arnould)

During the drill, the helicopter crew delivered the city’s ETS to a vessel who was then towed by the crew of Alex Haley. The participating distressed vessel was then met by local tugs who took the vessel in tow to an emergency buoy where the drill concluded.

“This is a great opportunity to work with community and industry partners who are committed to saving Alaskans and the environment,” said Cmdr. Stephen White, commanding officer, Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley. “Today’s exercise provided a unique chance to strengthen relationships with organizations we may be working with in the event of an actual emergency. Drills like this are important to gain familiarity with equipment and with one another and to understand each other’s capabilities.”

Drill participants included Alaska Marine Pilots, Harley Marine, Dunlap Towing and Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation.

Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley is a 282-foot medium endurance cutter homeported in Kodiak.

Click the photo for more from the exercise.

 

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