Coast Guard renews Coast Guard City designation for Sitka, Alaska, during Alaska Day festivities

Coast Guard renews Coast Guard City designation for Sitka, Alaska, during Alaska Day festivities
Coast Guard Rear Adm. Michael McAllister, 17th District commander, addresses an audience during a Coast Guard City renewal proclamation in Sitka, Alaska, Oct. 18, 2017.  U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Shawn Eggert. Juneau, Alaska — The Coast Guard renewed the city of Sitka’s Coast Guard City designation during Alaska Day festivities Wednesday. Rear Adm. Michael McAllister,...

Coast Guard responds to tanker aground near Nunivak Island, Alaska

Coast Guard responds to tanker aground near Nunivak Island, Alaska
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The Coast Guard is responding to a report of the 599-foot Norway flagged chemical tanker Champion Ebony after it ran aground near Nunivak Island, Alaska, Friday morning. The crew of Champion Ebony was able to refloat the vessel and make way under its own power to deeper water at approximately 9:28 a.m., reported no signs of pollution, and is anchored to assess for damages. Coast...

Unified Command responds to submerged excavator in Quinac River near Tuntutuliak, Alaska

Unified Command responds to submerged excavator in Quinac River near Tuntutuliak, Alaska
TUNTUTULIAK, Alaska — A Unified Command has been formed to respond to the potential release of diesel fuel and lube oils from an excavator which became submerged in the Quinac River near Tuntutuliak, March 24. Coast Guard Sector Anchorage and Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation are coordinating clean-up efforts with the City of Tuntutuliak and the owner of the excavator. Coast Guard...

Coast Guard rescues stranded hiker near Juneau, Alaska

Coast Guard rescues stranded hiker near Juneau, Alaska
KODIAK, Alaska — The Coast Guard rescued a 31-year-old stranded hiker from Thunder Mountain near Juneau, Alaska, Thursday. An Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew hoisted the hiker from the mountain and transferred him to the Army National Guard hangar at the Juneau International Airport. Coast Guard 17th District command center watchstanders received a request for assistance from the...

Coast Guard Air Station Sitka medevacs injured logger near Ketchikan, Alaska

Coast Guard Air Station Sitka medevacs injured logger near Ketchikan, Alaska
KODIAK, Alaska — A Coast Guard Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew medevaced an injured logger from a logging camp on Cleveland Peninsula near Ketchikan, Alaska, Wednesday. The Jayhawk helicopter crew landed on the beach, transferred the injured logger onto their aircraft and transported him to awaiting emergency medical services in Ketchikan. Coast Guard 17th District command center...

Coast Guard Station Valdez rescues four hunters stranded near Whittier, Alaska

Coast Guard Station Valdez rescues four hunters stranded near Whittier, Alaska
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The Coast Guard rescued four hunters stranded in Blackstone Bay near Whittier Monday. A 45-foot response boat-medium crew from Station Valdez safely transported the men and towed their skiff to Whittier. Watchstanders at the Sector Anchorage command center recieved a report from the men that they were cold and stranded without fuel or enough supplies to make it back to their...

Coast Guard responds to fire aboard natural gas platform in Cook Inlet, Alaska

Coast Guard responds to fire aboard natural gas platform in Cook Inlet, Alaska
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The Coast Guard launched several assets in response to a report of a fire on board a natural gas drill platform in Cook Inlet Thursday. The Coast Guard diverted a Coast Guard Hercules HC-130 crew and an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew to conduct an overflight of the Baker Platform in Cook Inlet, near Nikiski. The Coast Guard also launched the Coast Guard Cutter Mustang and the...

Double hull tanker escort final rule published in Federal Register

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Coast Guard final rule on escort requirements for certain tankers operating on the waters of Prince William Sound, Alaska, published Friday in the Federal Register. This rule finalizes the escort requirements in Title 33, Code of Federal Regulations, Part CFR 168, which were previously published as an interim rule Aug. 19, 2013. This final rule mandates two tug escorts for...

Coast Guard rescues 3 adults, 1 child aboard disabled vessel near Whittier, Alaska

Coast Guard rescues 3 adults, 1 child aboard disabled vessel near Whittier, Alaska
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The Coast Guard rescued three adults and one child aboard a disabled vessel approximately 13 miles northeast of Whittier Saturday. A 45-foot response boat-medium crew from Coast Guard Station Valdez safely transported the boaters and their 15-foot vessel to Whittier. Coast Guard Sector Anchorage command center watchstanders received a call from a man reporting a friend had texted...