Coast Guard member dies following accident in Homer, Alaska

Coast Guard Cutter Hickory file photo

Coast Guard Cutter Hickory file photo

JUNEAU, Alaska – A Coast Guard member assigned to the Coast Guard Cutter Hickory died following an accident at the Coast Guard buoy yard in Homer, Alaska, Thursday.

Deceased is 35-year-old Chief Warrant Officer Michael Kozloski, from Mahopac, New York.

Kozloski was injured while working in the buoy yard when a crane accident occurred. Local emergency medical services personnel performed CPR and transported him to South Peninsula Hospital where he was pronounced deceased.

“It’s with great sadness that we announce the passing of a devoted shipmate, husband and father following this tragic accident,” said Rear Adm. Matthew T. Bell Jr., Coast Guard 17th District commander. “Chief Warrant Officer Kozloski faithfully served his country for over 17 years and we are forever grateful for his steadfast devotion to duty and sacrifices.”

The Coast Guard is investigating the accident.

Next of Kin notification has been made.

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  1. Cari Rogers says:

    I just wanted to thank you for respectfully using a file photo and not the photo of the accident scene, being used online by other news sources.