Kodiak Daily Mirror - Coast Guard reports slew of recent distress cases
  
Coast Guard reports slew of recent distress cases
by Julie Herrmann
Jun 04, 2014 | 273 views | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Coast Guard C-130 1702 flys over Chiniak Bay near Kodiak Island during a formation flight exercise.  (USCG photo by PA1 Keith Alholm)
Coast Guard C-130 1702 flys over Chiniak Bay near Kodiak Island during a formation flight exercise. (USCG photo by PA1 Keith Alholm)
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In the last week, five recreational boaters have found themselves in trouble in Alaska waters, including a mayday from Sitkinak Island, southeast of Kodiak Island, the Coast Guard reported on Monday.

The Coast Guard launched a C-130 Hercules plane to search for the Sitkinak mayday, said Petty Officer Third Class and spokesman Jonathon Klingenberg. The Coast Guard did not find the vessel, and the case was suspended.

“They ground the aircraft until there’s more information,” Klingenberg said. No further information was available.

According to a press release, the other four distress cases were a vessel running aground south of Petersburg, a disabled vessel with a disoriented operator who headed to Homer after receiving help from another mariner, an unrelated mayday in the Glen Alps area of the Knik Arm, and an ill mariner off Prince of Whales Island near Ketchikan.

“The Coast Guard encourages boaters to contact the Coast Guard Auxiliary to schedule a vessel safety inspection, and utilize boating safety education websites before leaving port,” the press release said.

A free safety check, available for personal pleasure vessels, can be requested at www.cgaux.org/vsc. A safety check generally takes 15 to 30 minutes, the website said.

Boats that pass the check get a decal that shows law-enforcement and safety agencies that the vessel is in compliance with current federal and state boating laws.

Vessels that don’t pass get a written report informing operators on what needs to be done to make the vessel compliant.

Contact Julie Herrmann at jherrmann@kodiakdailymirror.com

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