Coast Guard forward deploys crews to St. Paul Island, Bering Sea

KODIAK, Alaska — Coast Guard crews in Kodiak and Unalaska are taking steps to safeguard the crab fleet and other fishing vessels engaged in ground fisheries throughout the winter months this week. With an increased number of vessels operating in the region, the Coast Guard will again forward deploy two MH-60 Jayhawk rescue helicopter crews Thursday from Air Station Kodiak to St. Paul to provide...

Coast Guard responds to snow-related sinkings in Kodiak

KODIAK, Alaska — Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment Kodiak personnel responded to the sinking of three local vessels in Kodiak’s St. Paul Harbor Tuesday. “Vessels sinking due to snow overload at the pier impact not only the owners but have an adverse impact on our local environment,” said Cmdr. Adam Tyndale, chief of response at Coast Guard Sector Anchorage. “In this instance,...

Coast Guard, State of Alaska safeguard red king crab fleet

KODIAK, Alaska – The Coast Guard is conducting dockside exams in Western Alaska and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game will deploy observers aboard participating crab vessels to safeguard the fishing fleet for the 2011 Bristol Bay red king crab season. “These examinations ensure the vessel’s safety equipment is in good working condition before fisherman take to the water,”...

Coast Guard, good Samaritans assist grounded Kodiak-based fishing vessel in Portage Bay

KODIAK, Alaska – The Coast Guard and good Samaritans have responded to the grounding of the 48-foot Kodiak-based fishing vessel Sisiutl in Portage Bay off Shelikof Strait 133 miles southwest of Kodiak City Friday. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Anchorage received a call at 5:58 a.m. over VHF-FM channel 16 and subsequently by satellite phone from the master of the good Samaritan vessel Invincible...