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Deck Watch learns about search and rescue cooperation (audio)

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2012
Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak, Alaska Air National Guard conduct training
KODIAK, Alaska – The crews of a Kodiak-based Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter and an Anchorage-based Air National Guard HH-60 Pavehawk helicopter conduct joint water rescue training over Women’s Bay in Kodiak June 30, 2010. The crews conduct multiple search and rescue missions in Alaska annually. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Sara Francis.

This week, in response to recent joint agency search and rescue cases, Deck Watch talks with Lt. j.g. Eddie Michno, of the District 17 command center in Juneau, about aganecy assist cases and the partners we have in Alaska. 
Around the state the Coast Guard was active this week:
Jan. 28 – District 17 watchstanders directed the launch of an Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew, forward deployed in St. Paul, to respond to an emergency position indicating radio beacon from the fishing vessel Arctic Sea. The vessel did not respond during initial call outs to the vessel or an urgent marine information broadcast. Communication Station Kodiak watchstanders were able to hail the vessel on an HF relay and the air station was not required to launch.
Jan. 29 – Following their departure from Nome last week, the Coast Guard Cutter Healy encountered the last of the ice pack late Sunday afternoon and ribbons of ice until just after dark when they entered open water. The Russian tanker Renda is en route to Vladivostok, Russia, while the Healy is proceeding to Seattle with an estimated return date sometime this weekend after spending 248 days in Alaskan waters.
Feb. 1 – The fishing vessel Kimberly, which grounded last week, remains grounded in Portage Bay with an estimated 2,500 gallons of diesel, 350 gallons of hydraulic fluid and 70 gallons of lube oil on board. Marine Safety Detachment Kodiak personnel are responding to the Kimberly grounding. No pollution has been sighted.
Feb. 1 – District 17 watchstanders received a request from Skagway clinic personnel to assist in the transport of a 30-year-old man who fell from a ladder and lost consciousness. An Air Station Sitka Jayhawk helicopter crew launched and transported the man to emergency medical personnel in Juneau.