FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2012
Posted by: PA3 Grant DeVuyst
This week Deck Watch learns about maintaining aids to navigation in remote areas.
Petty Officer 2nd Class William Yi, an electronics technician with Electronic Support Detachment Valdez, talks about some of the challenges he has to overcome while servicing critical aids to navigation in the Valdez area.
Here’s what else happened in Alaska during the week:
Feb. 5 – Sector Juneau watchstanders received a report via VHF Channel 16 from the crew of the fishing vessel Sachem stating they were disabled near Sitka Sound. The crew of the fishing vessel Ida Marie responded to a marine assistance request broadcast and was able to safely tow the Sachem and crew to Sitka Harbor later that day
Feb. 6 – District 17 watchstanders were notified of a 68-year-old woman overdue in a 14-foot skiff on a voyage from Ketchikan to a remote cabin northeast of Tongass Narrows. Family members were unable to contact the skiff operator on her cell phone and the skiff did not have a VHF radio. Sector Juneau watchstanders directed the launch of a Station Ketchikan small boat crew to investigate. The Station Ketchikan crew located the woman and her skiff safe at her cabin with no distress reported.
Feb. 7 – A Homer-based airplane pilot notified Sector Anchorage watchstanders of a 20-foot Boston whaler that was capsized just outside of Seldovia Harbor with no signs of distress nearby. An urgent marine information broadcast was sent out and a good Samaritan transited to the vessels position. Once on scene, the good Samaritan noted the vessel had no markings, no engine and appeared to be derelict. The case was suspended.