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Coast Guard Announces New Law Requiring Boat Engine Cut-off Switches

As of April 1, 2021, operators of recreational vessels less than 26 feet long will be required to use an engine cut-off switch (ECOS) and associated ECOS link (ECOSL), according to the U.S. Coast Guard. The ECOS and ECOSL devices prevent runaway vessels and the threats they pose. The ECOSL attaches the vessel operator to… Read More

Allergic Reaction Prompts Medical Evacuation from Commercial Fishing Vessel Near Cold Bay

Around 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, a 31-year-old crew-member aboard F/V AMERICAN TRIUMPH began experiencing a severe allergic reaction.  The vessel contacted Health Force, which recommended medical evacuation by the United States Coast Guard. Coast Guard Command launched a helicopter from Forward Operating Location Cold Bay, Alaska.  The rescue crew reached the vessel 101 miles northwest… Read More

Crewmember Suffers a Crush Injury Aboard F/V ALASKA OCEAN in Alaska

A 45-year-old man aboard factory trawler F/V ALASKA OCEAN suffered an arm crush injury on February 21, 2021, in Alaska.  HealthForce Partners contacted the Coast Guard command center in Juneau at approximately 7:00 p.m. to request a medical evacuation.  The trawler was located 30 miles northeast of Cold Bay when the incident occurred.  The Coast… Read More

Public Hearing Scheduled for Fatal F/V SCANDIES ROSE Sinking

The United States Coast Guard will begin a formal public hearing on February 22, 2021, to consider evidence related to the sinking of F/V SCANDIES ROSE.  The 130-foot crab fishing vessel sank on Dec. 31, 2019, in Alaska.  Seven crew members aboard and five were never found. The hearing will consider conditions impacting the vessel… Read More

Covid-19 Outbreak at Alaska Trident Plant Grows to 135 Workers

Trident Seafoods’ continues to fight a worsening COVID-19 outbreak at its fish processing facility in Akutan, Alaska.  The plant, which processes pollock, cod, and crab provided by a fleet of fishing vessels, now has 135 positive coronavirus cases.  Evacuations by air and sea have been carried out for some employees.   As of Tuesday, January 26,… Read More

COVID-19 Outbreak at a Trident Plant in Alaska to Cause Three Week Closure

Several workers at a Trident Seafoods’ facility in Akutan, Alaska tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this week.  Those infected were evacuated for treatment in Anchorage.  The facility typically employs between 700 and 1,400 people and is a seafood processing hub for pollock, crab, and cod from the Bering Sea.  It operates as a closed campus… Read More

Holland America and Princess Cruises Cancel Alaska Voyages Scheduled for Early 2021 Due to Pandemic

Signaling that the coronavirus pandemic will continue to impact Alaska’s tourist season, Holland America and Princess Cruises have announced that they will cancel several sailings in 2021. Carnival Corp. brands Princess Cruises and Holland America issued statements Wednesday that rules imposed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and uncertainty around travel restrictions prompted… Read More

Family of Four Rescued From Alaskan Island on Christmas Day

On Christmas Eve, a 50-year-old mother and her three children (ages 21, 17, and 13) were aboard a 15-foot vessel when it capsized off the west coast of Baranof Island in Southeast Alaska.  At 2300 hours, a friend reported to the United States Coast Guard that the family’s vessel was overdue to return.   Coast Guard… Read More

Deadly F/V SCANDIES ROSE Sinking Lawsuit to Settle Out of Court

The owners of F/V SCANDIES ROSE report that they have resolved lawsuits with two surviving crewmembers and the families of four mariners who died during the December 2019 incident.  The crab fishing vessel was managed out of Washington State and sank near Sutwik Island, Alaska.  The case reportedly settled out of court for more than… Read More

Washington-Based Fishing Vessel Owner Drowns in Sitka, Alaska

On Monday, Nov. 2, 2020, Ronald Cameron, 65, of Bellingham, Washington tragically drowned near a fish processor in Sitka, Alaska.  Mr. Cameron owned F/V ALLYSEN MORIAH, a 75-foot fishing boat operated out of Bellingham.  He was attempting to tie off the vessel during windy conditions when he fell in the water and perished. This incident… Read More

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