Search and Rescue (SAR)

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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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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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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BREAKING: Search for KANA CEO Andy Teuber suspended

The search for the head of the Kodiak Area Native Association has been suspended. The Coast Guard says KANA’s CEO, Andy Teuber, was piloting a helicopter that disappeared Tuesday afternoon. The Coast Guard says it launched a search for Teuber 66 nautical miles northeast of Kodiak. Searchers are looking for a black and white Robinson 66 helicopter with the tail …

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BREAKING: Andy Teuber, CEO of KANA, missing following helicopter flight from Anchorage

The head of the Kodiak Area Native Association is missing. The Coast Guard says KANA’s CEO, Andy Teuber, was piloting a helicopter that disappeared Tuesday afternoon. The Coast Guard says it launched a search for Teuber 66 nautical miles northeast of Kodiak. Searchers are looking for a black and white Robinson 66 helicopter with the tail number N1767. A family …

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WATCH: Coast Guard medevacs man from F/V Alaska Ocean

The US Coast Guard has released video of an Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter aircrew medevacing a 45-year-old crew member from the F/V Alaska Ocean, approximately 30 miles northeast of Cold Bay, Alaska. Watch: (U.S. Coast Guard video by Air Station Kodiak) The crewmember suffered a crush injury to the arm and was transferred to the local Cold Bay …

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Missing kayakers found on Woody Island

Two missing kayakers were found on Woody Island Thursday morning Photo courtesy of Steve Wielebski, Kodiak Island Search and Rescue. Steve Wielebski, president of Kodiak Island Search and Rescue, said a man and a 13-year-old girl set out from Mission Beach on the outskirts of Kodiak on Wednesday for an afternoon of kayaking. Wielebski says they were headed for Crooked …

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