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FV-Destination-1-2It is with great sadness that we report the suspension of the search for the six missing crew members of the F/V DESTINATION. The vessel is believed to have sunk on Saturday, February 11th in the Bering Sea. Weather at the time was reported as 30-mph winds with five to eight-foot seas and snowing. The air temperature was 21 degrees and sea temperature was 3o degrees.

The Coast Guard reported that the search covered more than 5,730 square nautical miles, and included 21 coordinated searches with a total of 69 aircraft and surface hours.

Watchstanders from the 17th District reported that an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) alert was received from the F/V DESTINATION early Saturday morning, and that Kodiak aircrews were deployed to initiate the search.

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FV-Destination-1-2-300x169The search in the Bering Sea continues for the 98’ F/V DESTINATION and six crewmembers, whose emergency beacon broadcast a signal at 7:15 am, February 11 from two miles northwest of St. George, Alaska. The Coast Guard’s Hercules airplane crew arrived at 10:15 am to begin searching, and two helicopters crews are also assisting. Two Good Samaritan fishing vessels, SILVER SPRAY AND BERING ROSE, also assisted with the search.

The emergency beacon, or electronic position indicating radio beacon (EPIRB), was found in a debris field with buoys, a life ring from the DESTINATION, tarps, and an oil sheen.

Residents in St. George are patrolling the shoreline for any signs of the crew or boat. St. George is a small Pribilof Island with a population of approximately 100.

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exitoTwo of five crewmembers are still missing after the 117’ EXITO sank 14 miles northeast of Dutch Harbor, Alaska on Tuesday evening, December 6.

The owner of the EXITO called the Anchorage Coast Guard around 9:40 pm to report that the ship was taking on water and the crew was preparing to abandon ship. A Kodiak Jayhawk helicopter aircrew and four Good Samaritan ships in the area responded, according to Coast Guard Petty Officer Meredith Manning.

“One of the Good Samaritan vessels, the AFOGNAK STRAIT, located three EXITO crew members and took them aboard their vessel,” Manning said. “The three had abandoned ship together, and the other two were preparing to abandon ship.” The AFOGNAK STRAIT crew rushed the three to Dutch Harbor. The rescued crewmembers reported that one of the missing EXITO crew had put on an immersion suit and was last seen preparing to abandon ship.

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The 45′ fishing vessel NO LIMITS, based out of Cushing, Maine, sent out a radio beacon distress signal off of Matinicus Island, Maine the afternoon of November 1, 2014. When the NO LIMITS crew did not answer the Coast Guard’s many response calls, the Boston, Massachusetts and Portland, Maine Command Centers coordinated a wide-scale, multi-agency rescue effort.

The Coast Guard newsroom reported that crew in a Jayhawk helicopter from Air Station Cape Cod spotted a flare fired from one survivor inside a life raft. They safely hoisted him aboard and flew to Maine Medical Hospital in Portland. According to WMTW 8 TV in Maine, the survivor is the boat’s captain, Chris Hutchinson, who has been released from the hospital.

The Coast Guard and Maine Marine Patrol searched for the remaining two crewmembers for more than 17 hours, covering 130 nautical square miles. Weather conditions included high winds, freezing spray and the first winter storm of the season. There were no signs of the two missing fishermen, and the search was suspended Sunday, November 2 pending further developments.

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On noon Saturday, May 18, the crew of M/V MAERSK KURE discovered an overturned hull of a sailing yacht about 1,000 miles east of the U.S. northeast coast. That’s where the last beacon from CHEEKI RAFIKI had been noted. Because of 15-foot seas and winds of over 50 knots, the MAERSK KURE crew was not able to get close enough to confirm the hull as that of CHEEKI RAFIKI. However, the container ship remained in the area until Sunday night in hope of finding survivors before having to sail on.

The first sign of distress had come at 12:30 a.m., May 16, with the activation of two EPIRBs and word that CHEEKI RAFIKI was taking on water in foul weather. The initial search by U.S., Canadian, and other nation’s assets for the yacht initiated from that time and continued until 5:00 a.m., May 19, covering over 4,000 square miles by sea and by air, in hopes that the crew had found safety in their life raft. That search was called off because it had more than twice surpassed the 20 hours that survival models indicated for such weather conditions.

CHEEKI RAFIKI, a Beneteau 40.7, was en route to the U.K. from the Caribbean at the time of her distress. Her crew are said to be Paul Goslin, 56; Steve Warren, 52; James Male, 23; and Andrew Bridge, 21, all experienced sailors from the south of England.

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Last week the F/V RANDI capsized near the entrance to Coos Bay. Three men were aboard the boat, which was reportedly loaded with gear in anticipation of the opening of the dungeness crab season. Jim Peterson of Coos Bay was reportedly in the wheel house of the vessel when the capsizing occurred. Two other deckhands were saved, but Peterson was not found. The Coast Guard is investigating the cause of the accident. The Washington and Oregon dungeness crab fishery remains one of the most deadly and dangerous fisheries in the world.

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A Coast Guard aircrew assisted in the rescue of three fishermen who had been missing for three days and found around 100 miles west of Tarawa, Kiribati on Thursday, June 2.

The government of the Republic of Kiribati sent an official request to assist in the search to watchstanders in Coast Guard Joint Rescue Coordination Center Honolulu. The fishermen were last seen on Monday, May 30 aboard a 17-foot skill. The Coast Guard aircrew began searching at 1 p.m. Thursday, June 2.
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The Coast Guard has called a halt to the search for a crewman who fell overboard off a sail boat in the Columbia River. The 46-year old sailor was lost on Sunday when he fell off the 65-foot sailboat BAD DOG near Kelly, Oregon. Despite an air and sea search by the Coast Guard, the man was unable to be located. The man was reported to not be wearing a life jacket at the time of the accident.

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A 32 years old crewman was lost overboard and drown Wednesday while working on the crab boat BALLAD. The accident happened 10 miles from the Columbia River Entrance. The man was reported to be wearing only rain gear and no flotation work vest at the time of the accident.

The BALLAD is home ported in Chinook, Washington and is a 56 foot crab fishing vessel. Coast Guard records indicate the vessel is owned by Ballad Inc. of Chinook, Washington. The crew of the BALLAD issued a may day call at 1:00 p.m. reporting the man overboard. Helicopter crews from North Bend and Astoria responded to the call and a motor life boat crew from Cape Disappointment in Ilwaco was also dispatched to the search for the crewman. A dive team from Clatsop County was able to recover the crewman’s body whose identity is being withheld pending notification of family.

Tragically, this death again highlights the extreme dangers of the Washington and Oregon State Dungeness crab fisheries. Resent studies released by the National Transportation and Safety Board showed that Dungeness crab fisherman in Washington and Oregon were ten times more likely to die while working than other commercial fisherman. The Coast Guard had implemented operation Safe Crab in an attempt educate fisherman on common safety concerns. Owners of some crab boats in the Ilwaco and Chinook areas require all crewman to wear a floatation type work vest while working on deck.

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On November 12, 2009 the search for three fishermen aboard the F/V Sea Tractor was suspended by the United States Coast Guard. The F/V Sea Tractor was a 44-foot commercial fishing vessel home ported in Cape May. The vessel is believed to have sank in heavy seas of up to 20 feet and high winds. The accident happened approximately 20 miles east of Cape May. The Coast Guard was alerted to the disaster when it received a transmission from the vessel emergency positioning locating beacon (epirb). A Coast Guard helicopter was on the scene approximately an hour later and discovered an empty life raft with a strobe light attached. A fishing vessel in the area reported finding a debris field and the vessel’s epirb.

Believed lost in the tragedy are the vessel’s captain, Kenneth Rose Sr., his son Kenneth Jr., and crewman Larry Forrest. All of the crewmen are reported to be from North Carolina. The loss of the crew of the F/V Sea Tractor follows the loss of six crewmen from the F/V Lady Mary. The Lady Mary was also home ported in Cape May.