Coast Guard

Popular immersion suits pulled off shelves, some fishermen likely carrying defective suits on board

Close-up of defect on Survitec immersion suits. Glue attaching the zipper to the neoprene shell does not adhere well. Listen to this story; Kodiak Marine Supply is a large department store on Kodiak’s dockside, selling just about anything one might find on a fishing boat. Normally, that would include survival suits – but this year has been different. Jordan Clay …

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Coast Guard finds serious defect in popular survival suits

The Imperial Immersion Suit by Survitec. The USCG says the survival suit may have a serious defect. (photo: Survitec Group) By Dylan Simard, KMXT News The Coast Guard has found a serious defect with a common brand of survival suits that may reduce their usefulness in emergencies.  Survival suits, also called immersion suits, are full-body protective suits that the Coast …

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As Arctic ice melts, the Coast Guard prepares a new generation of icebreakers

Listen to this story; Captain Kenneth Boda does not have a typical job in the armed forces. He is the commanding officer of the Coast Guard Cutter Healy- the U.S. Coast Guard’s largest vessel, as well as the U.S. armed forces’ only medium icebreaker. He addressed the Alaska Marine Science Symposium in late January. “What we’re going to talk about …

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“It’s absolutely incredible that we found that dog”- puppy recovered from F/V Laura

Petty Officer Rafael Aguero recovers 8-month old puppy Grace.   The fishing vessel Laura capsized Monday morning after striking rocks near Sitkalidak Island, at around 7am. The four-person crew safely boarded a life raft, but Grace, the vessel’s puppy had already jumped into the freezing water and was presumed lost. A Coast Guard UH-60 had swept a five-mile area but …

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F/V Laura capsizes after striking rocks; crew returned to Kodiak unharmed

Four people are safe after a commercial trawler struck rocks near Kodiak Island and the crew abandoned ship early Monday morning. That’s according to the U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Aaron Gardner who says a distress call came in over the VHF at 7:04 a.m. The fishing vessel Laura, a 93-foot trawler based out of Kodiak struck rocks off Sitkalidak …

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Operation Arctic Shield 2021 winds to a close

Every year, the Coast Guard forward deploys ships, helicopters, and maritime safety teams around the state in advance of a busy Alaska summer. The operation, known as “Arctic Shield” concludes for the year this Sunday, with its temporary base in Kotzebue shutting down for the winter.  Since July 1, Kotzebue has served as a base for two MH-60 Jayhawk helicopters and …

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