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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

U.S. Coast Guard Intervenes in Fishing Vessel Sinking Incident in the Gulf of Alaska

On Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, the U.S. Coast Guard Sector Juneau Command Center received a mayday call from F/V ELISE MARIE at 1900 hours local time.  The vessel was taking on water and sinking near Icy Bay (approximately 160 nautical miles southeast of Valdez). The Coast Guard mobilized a C-130 Hercules airplane, an MH-60 helicopter,… Read More

Injured Fisherman Evacuated From F/V ATLANTICO Near Cold Bay, Alaska

During the morning hours of September 16, 2020, a 40-year-old fisherman aboard F/V ATLANTICO sustained a back injury near the Port of Cold Bay in Alaska.  The emergency medical evacuation was recommended. The United States Coast Guard, District 17 command center responded by launching a Jayhawk helicopter from Air Station Kodiak.  The helicopter crew reached… Read More

Commercial Fisherman Rescued by U.S. Coast Guard Near Columbia River

A distressed commercial fisherman was rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard in the early hours of Tuesday, June 28, 2020, near the entrance of the Columbia River. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Columbia River received a VHF-FM radio mayday call from a 37 -foot commercial fishing vessel located near Cape Disappointment.  An urgent marine information… Read More

American Dynasty Docked in Bellingham and Crew members Test Positive for COVID-19

On Friday, May 29th, in the port of Bellingham, Washington, one crew member of a 272-foot trawler known as The American Dynasty was admitted to the hospital for treatment of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Consequently, the company tested the rest of the crew under their COVID-19 response plan, only to find an additional 85 crew members… Read More

Prevention of Coronavirus spread as Alaska’s fishing season begins

Government officials worldwide have released rules and regulations in order to keep people as safe as possible. As the days go by, the need for jobs is becoming crucial as many people are struggling to maintain financial stability. Businesses are declining quickly which can be damaging for the economy. For this reason, many people have decided to go back to work even with all the chaos around… Read More

U.S. Coast Guard Medevacs Fisherman off the Coast of Coos Bay, Oregon

On Saturday, July 11, 2020, a U.S. Coast Guard aircrew from Coast Guard Sector North Bend medically evacuated a fisherman from the fishing vessel McKenzie Rose.  The situation developed in the early morning approximately 100 miles off the coast of Coos Bay, Oregon. The vessel’s captain reported that a 26-year-old mariner had sustained a head injury and… Read More

Fishing Vessel Sinking near Suislaw River Bar Results in Two Mariner Fatalities

One mariner was rescued, while two others were tragically killed in the early hours of June 29, 2020, after the sinking of fishing vessel AQUARIUS near Florence, Oregon. The deceased were later identified as the owners of Florence’s Novelli’s Crab & Seafood restaurant, Kyle and Amber Novelli. The incident began at approximately 1:50 a.m. when a… Read More

A Captain’s Decision Puts Lives at Risk

The Maritime Executive reports that per the National Transportation Safety Board’s release of the Marine Accident Brief on the sinking and flooding of the commercial fishing vessel PACIFIC 1, the probable cause which led to the vessel sinking was the captain’s decision to remain at sea with continuous flooding in the lazarette from an unknown… Read More

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