The master of the fishing vessel Tanusha contacted Coast Guard Sector Anchorage watchstanders requesting a medevac for a 44-year-old crewman who had suffered severe injuries to his left ankle. A Kodiak-based MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew successfully hoisted the man, returned to Air Station Kodiak and transferred him to emergency medical personnel for further transport to Providence Kodiak Island Medical Center.
• The Coast Guard is conducting dockside exams in Western Alaska and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game will deploy observers aboard participating crab vessels to safeguard the fishing fleet for the 2011 Bristol Bay red king crab season. The fishery opens Oct. 15 and will remain open until the total allowable catch of 7.834 million pounds has been harvested. Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crews have been forward deployed to Cold Bay. A Coast Guard high endurance cutter will also be on patrol in the Bering Sea during the majority of the season.
• The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Healy has begun their third science mission of the 2011 season. The science team will deploy several types of hydrographic moorings and recover hydrographic moorings deployed on earlier missions. The final mission will be a biology-based mission studying the behavior of copepods in the winter months.
Several navigational lights in the Southeast Alaska region have been vandalized, rendering them inoperable. Recently the batteries were deliberately and illegally removed from a light marking an offshore hazard at Tenakee Springs. Those found guilty of vandalism to ATON can be fined up to $2,500 and imprisoned for up to five years. Anybody witnessing vandalism to a navigational aid or finding a damaged aid should contact the nearest Coast Guard unit.