Coast Guard

Coast Guard, Navy conduct joint oil pollution response exercise

Coast Guard and Navy personnel are teaming up this week to conduct an oil pollution response exercise in Kachemak Bay, according to a press release from the Coast Guard. The exercise will take place on the Coast Guard Cutter Hickory. The exercise began on Monday and is scheduled to last through Thursday. During the exercise, the participating personnel will deploy …

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Masks will no longer be required in outdoor areas on boats, ferries

Capt.John Mayer, one of the Tustamena ferry’s two captains. Masks will no longer be mandated in outdoor maritime areas. The Coast Guard announced today (Friday) that they have received permission from the CDC to no longer enforce the mandate that requires anyone travelling on commercial maritime vessels, including ferries, to wear a mask in outdoor areas. The requirement for most …

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Coast Guard says free dockside exams could help Bristol Bay fishers avoid tickets

By MACKENZIE MANCUSO — KDLG The exams are meant to address safety issues that may be present before the season gets underway.  A boat in Dillingham Harbor on Tuesday, June 8, 2021.CREDIT BRIAN VENUA/KDLG The Coast Guard has begun its dockside exams for fishing vessels in Bristol Bay this season. The exams are meant to address safety issues that may be …

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Coast Guard rescues giant inflatable pink flamingo in Monashka Bay; a few humans rescued, too.

Nation Sega (center) and others pose with USCG crew after being rescued in Monashka Bay. (Photo: USCG) Listen here: While rare, being rescued by the Coast Guard while out on the water or on a hike is not an unusual event in Kodiak. Unless you are being dragged out to sea on a giant inflatable pink flamingo. It was a …

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“Baloney”: Rep responds to icebreakers slated for Seattle instead of Alaska

USCGC Polar Sea, a decommissioned heavy icebreaker. (US Coast Guard) When Alaska state representative Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins (KRISE-TOMkins) from Sitka read that the Coast Guard was going to send three new icebreakers to port in Seattle, instead of Alaska, he had one word: “Baloney.” In a meeting of the House’s Military and Veteran’s Affairs committee on Tuesday, Rep. Kreiss-Tomkins introduced a …

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Coast Guard reminds mariners of new requirements for engine cut-off switch

The Coast Guard sent out a press release Tuesday reminding mariners of new laws requiring recreational boats to use an Engine Cut-off Switch, or ECOS, and an associated ECOS link. The engine cut-off switch deactivates the engine of the vessel should the driver be ejected. This would prevent the craft from becoming a runaway vessel. The law went into effect …

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With decommissioning of the Douglas Munro, new cutters come to Kodiak- just not anytime soon

To ensure that operations in the north pacific area are not disrupted by the decommissioning of the Coast Guard Cutter Douglas Munro, the Coast Guard is going to bring up more cutters. That’s according to Captain Riley Gatewood, the last Commanding Officer of the Coast Guard Cutter Douglas Munro. “Coast Guard Pacific Area cutter forces staff, they’re the ones that …

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Coast Guard Cutter Douglas Munro decommissioned after a half-century of service

When the Coast Guard Cutter Douglas Munro was commissioned in 1971, the world was a very different place. Iran had a progressive secular government, Muammar Gaddafi had just come to power in Libya, and the Twin Towers were undergoing construction. The Munro has served through a half-century of changing national security conditions, and many generations of Coast Guardsmen have served …

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Boat at anchor in Kalsin Bay catches fire, sinks

The Coast Guard was notified by watchstanders at the Sector Anchorage Command Center about an emergency call by VHF radio late Monday night from the fishing vessel “Fish On,” which caught fire and sank while anchored in Kalsin Bay, according to a Coast Guard spokesperson. The two individuals aboard were saved by a good Samaritan vessel- the “Counterfeit.” Coast Guard …

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NTSB: Witness says Andy Teuber was ‘distracted’ before his helicopter disappeared over Gulf of Alaska

This float spotted by U.S. Coast Guard searchers is believed to be from the missing helicopter piloted by former tribal health executive Andy Teuber. (U.S. Coast Guard via NTSB) By  Nathaniel Herz, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage-March 23, 2021 A witness who spoke with a tribal health executive before his helicopter went missing earlier this month told federal investigators that …

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