Skip to main content

Good Samaritans rescue four near Yakutat, Alaska

Date: May 26, 2013
Icebergs in the Yakutat Bay, Alaska
Icebergs in the Yakutat Bay, Alaska (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
District 17 Public Affairs Detachment Kodiak

KODIAK, Alaska — Coast Guard coordinates with good Samaritans in the aid and recovery of four persons missing near Yakutat Bay, Alaska, Saturday.

The crew of the good Samaritan fishing vessel Morgan located the four missing boaters sitting atop the hull of their overturned 22-foot personal watercraft, Energizer, safely recovered the individuals and transported them to Yakutat where they were transferred to awaiting emergency medical services.

Coast Guard Sector Juneau watchstanders received a report Friday evening from the Yakutat Police Department reporting that the vessel with four people aboard failed to arrive as stated in their float plan and was deemed overdue. The watchstanders immediately issued urgent marine information broadcast stating the overdue situation and requesting any mariner in the area to assist if safe to do so.

The good Samaritan crew of the Morgan responded and ultimately saved the four missing crewmembers.

“This is a perfect example of how float plans and mariners listening to urgent marine broadcasts can  saves lives,” said Scott Giard, Command Duty Officer for Sector Juneau. “Filing a well-documented plan with a reliable person will greatly aid in the search in the event a boater doesn’t arrive in port as intended.”

As the boating season in Alaska continues, and national safe boating week draws to a close, the Coast Guard emphisizes the importance of filing a float plan.


View Larger Map

Sample float plans can be found on the Coast Guard Office of Boating Safety website: http://www.uscgboating.org/default.aspx

A public service announcement regarding float plans can be viewed here:

Popular posts from this blog

Crabbers get a boost in bairdi Tanner quotas

LAINE WELCH Image via Wikipedia FISHERIES Published: November 7th, 2009 10:10 PM Last Modified: November 7th, 2009 10:12 PM KODIAK -- Kodiak and Alaska Peninsula crabbers got some good news last week -- bigger catch quotas for bairdi Tanner crab, a mid-January fishery important to local economies. Bairdi are the larger cousins of the better-known opilio Tanners, or snow crab. The bairdi boost stems from a big pulse of new crab recruits that biologists have been tracking for years. "That is what's fueling the increase in the harvest this year. We're just getting the very beginning of that year class," said......... http://www.adn.com/money/welch/story/1004091.html

#01-14-2014 - ComFish News Roundup

Chinook Conservation, Trawling and Permit-Stacking Addressed by BoF Jan 13, 2014 View of Kodiak from Pillar Mountain (Photo credit: Wikipedia ) Jay Barrett/KMXT The Alaska Board of Fisheries wrapped up its Kodiak area meetings on Friday afternoon at the Harbor Convention Center. KMXT’s Jay Barrett spoke with board Chairman Karl Johnstone about some of the decisions that came out of the meeting, and how the meeting schedule may change in the future..... http://www.kmxt.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=5374 3:32 PM MON JANUARY 13, 2014 The Dillingham City Council Opposes Passage of House Bill 77 By MIKE MASON The Dillingham City Council has come out in opposition to a bill that is expected to be a major focus of attention during the next session of the Alaska Legislature. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the details..... http://kdlg.org/post/dillingham-city-council-opposes-passage-house-bill-77 PORT STUDY Corps draft feasibility study on ports due in March

Danish commandos 'monitoring hippies' on Arctic offshore rig #artcticloons

Image by Steve Rhodes via Flickr Alaska Dispatch | May 31, 2011 Armed Danish commandos have (possibly) been summoned to monitor Earth-loving "hippies" clinging to the underbelly of an Arctic deepwater oil rig  off the coast of Greenland , sources say. The environmental non-governmental group  Greenpeace  has published  statements and  video  showing its activists aboard two ships that are attempting to "interfere" with oil exploration going on in the Davis Strait, 100 miles west of Greenland. This business has in turn prompted the Kingdom of Denmark to launch two ships and a few helicopters to monitor the Greenpeace interference. The  Leiv Eriksson  is the source of all this Arctic bait and switch. British oil company  Cairn Energy  is attempting to drill four wells at depths of at least 5,000 feet this summer in "iceberg-strewn sea" with the 53,000-ton offshore oil rig, which has made its way to Arctic waters after a month of failed attempts by Green