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Sep 11 2014
Cutter Alex Haley Rescues Injured Mariner PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 11 September 2014

Annie Ropeik/KUCB
    A Coast Guard crew medevacked a mariner with an injured hand off a freighter south of Unalaska Wednesday.
    The cutter Alex Haley responded to the request from the 738-foot Lowlands Maine. The Panama-flagged vessel that was on its way from China to the Seattle area.
    A 55-year-old crewman on the ship had hurt his hand in the engine room and needed medical treatment, according to a Coast Guard press release.
    The Lowlands Maine called the Coast Guard for help Tuesday, and met up with the Alex Haley 115 miles south of Unalaska Wednesday. The cutter's MH-65 Dolphin helicopter airlifted the injured man off the freighter and took him back to Unalaska for treatment.
    The Alex Haley is stationed in Kodiak. The cutter was in Unalaska this week for an annual test of the city's emergency towing system. 

Sep 11 2014
Fall Storm Season on the Horizon PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 11 September 2014

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    An especially strong tropical system is expected to bring heavy rain and strong winds to the coastal regions of western and southcentral Alaska later this week, signaling the start of the fall storm season. KBBI’s Shady Grove Oliver has more from Homer.

Sep 10 2014
Human Remains Found on Shuyak Island PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 10 September 2014
Associated Press
    Alaska state Troopers say human remains have been found on Shuyak Island.
    Troopers say they were notified Monday about the discovery on the east side of the island, located about 70 miles north of Kodiak.
    Troopers say an identification of the remains could not be made because of their condition. They did not say how old the remains might be.
    The remains were recovered. They were sent to the state medical examiner's office.
Sep 10 2014
UPDATE: Rainier Spill Now Estimated at 1,640 Gallons PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 10 September 2014


NOAA research vessel Rainier. NOAA file photo


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    An oily sheen in Women’s Bay has been traced to the NOAA research ship Rainier docked at Nyman Peninsula on the Kodiak Coast Guard base.
    According to NOAA Office of Marine and Aviation Operations spokesman David Hall in Silver Spring, Maryland, the spill volume was originally pegged at 400 gallons.
    "We regret the incident and are working closely with the Coast Guard to minimize any environmental impacts and thank them for their assistance with the response," Hall said. "We’re investigating the cause of the incident and are taking appropriate steps to ensure it does not happen again.”
    However Jade Gamble of the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation in Soldotna says the spill was actually 1,640-gallons.
    She said the spill was traced to a rupture in the bulkhead between a fuel tank and the grey water tank – which was not being used because the Rainier is connected to shore facilities. As the grey water tank filled with diesel an evacuation pump would occasionally kick on, discharging the fuel directly into Women’s Bay.
    Gamble says tracing the problem took all day yesterday. Absorbent boom and a fuel skimmer are working to clean the spill, with a second skimmer being brought in to help. The spill was initially responded to by the Coast Guard, Gamble said, but responsibility will be turned over to NOAA, who is expected to hire a commercial clean up company to mop up the contamination.
    The spill was first reported Monday to the Coast Guard, and again at noon yesterday (Tuesday). Comments from locals on the Friends of Kodiak Facebook group reported the smell of diesel fuel coming from the direction of the base for several days.

Sep 10 2014
July Humpback Death Likely from Ferry Strike PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 10 September 2014


State and federal officials conducted the examination of the 25-ton humpback whale on Puffin Island in Kodiak in July after it was killed by what is now believed to be a collission with the ferry Kennicott. Photo courtesy Kate Wynn


Associated Press
    Federal authorities believe the death of a humpback whale near Kodiak in late July was likely due to a collision with the state ferry Kennicott.
    There were questions around the time of the incident about whether the animal was already dead when the ship struck it. Julie Speegle, a spokeswoman with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, said that doesn't appear to be the case. She says the whale was freshly dead when examined.
    A necropsy found the cause of death to be a fractured skull due to a ship strike.
    She says there were no findings in the report that the animal was injured before the collision.
    Speegle says charges will not be pursued in the case, because the ship strike was unintentional and there was no evidence of a violation.

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