Medevac off Biorka Island
A US Coast Guard aircrew and a good Samaritan boat crew medevaced the captain of the "Northwind" after he was injured aboard a fish processing vessel northeast of Biorka Island, on June 20, 2019. At 10.18 a.m. the Coast Guard Sector Juneau watchstanders received a report from a vessel in the area that the captain of the fish processing vessel severed several fingers. Around the same time the Jayhawk crew was conducting a training flight in the area, heard a request for help over VHF channel 16 and diverted to respond. A good Samaritan crew aboard the charter fishing vessel "North River" took the captain from the "Northwind" onto their vessel, then transported him to shore . The MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Sitka transported the captain from shore near the vessel to the air station, where they transferred him to Sitka Fire Department emergency medical services for further care.
Fishing vessel stopped on way towards shoal
The "Northwind" was one of three ships because Coast Guard vessel traffic system personnel intervened in the transit becaue they were on course to run aground or at risk of collision in Puget Sound this week. The members of Coast Guard Vessel Traffic System Puget Sound used unconventional means to contact two of the vessels after VTS personnel were unable to reach them by mandated communication channels, and helped troubleshoot a GPS discrepancy with the third. On June 20, 2016, VTS personnel initiated a digital selective calling alert to the crew of the fishing vessel "Northwind" after all other attempts to contact them via the required radio channels 05A, 13 and 16 failed while the vessel was observed exiting the traffic lane and heading toward Buckeye Shoal. The second case occurred on June 21 when VTS personnel coordinated with the master of "Autumn Dawn" to troubleshoot a plotter discrepancy that had the vessel outside the traffic lane and on a course close to Peapod Rocks. On June 22, VTS personnel worked with the crew of a nearby tug to make contact with the operator of the fishing vessel "Lady Gudny", after numerous failed attempts were made over 5A, 13, 14 and 16, while the vessel was observed entering the oncoming traffic lane and heading toward Marrowstone Island.Upload News