Coast Guard Club Newsletter

 

February 25

 

SPECIAL NOTICE Jack Eckert and I have put together a manuscript that a book publisher wishes to have available in time for the Grand Haven, MI Coast Guard Festival. The publisher requires that we obtain written permission from each contributor to protect them from violating copyright law. If you have contributed a story of your own to www.jacksjoint.com or to me, please check out Jacks site to see if your name is on a list of contributors we need to contact.

WHO RECEIVES THIS NEWSLETTER? Members who have an upcoming birthday, each potential Coast Guard Club recruit, & any Coastie I write to. This Newsletter is posted on the Web at WWW.USCGRADIO.NET, WWW.JACKSJOINT.COM & at WWW.FREDSPLACE.ORG. If you can receive e-mail files & would like a copy of this Newsletter each month, please contact me at DGardner@northstate.net.

JOINING THE COAST GUARD CLUB on the WEB. Go to WWW.USCGRADIO.NET. Current members may update their mailing address, call sign change, & any other information about their CG service, station equipment or email address by clicking on the Membership Form linkit is not necessary to fill in the entire form, just the changes.

COAST GUARD CLUB CALL BOOK is bound in a 1 spiral binder & will include a Certificate of Membership in the COAST GUARD CLUB suitable for framing. If you want a copy, send a cheque for $15., which includes postage, payable to Don Gardner.

Search & Rescue SitReps

BOSTON The CG suspended the search for a New Bedford, MA man who fell overboard from the fishing vessel Legacy 15 miles E of Chatham, MA. Mark Farias, 38, was reported to have fallen overboard the 84-ft Fairhaven based boat by the crew of the nearby 82-ft fishing vessel Resolute. The CG launched 9 jet & helo flights & diverted the CGC ESCANABA to the search area. The Canadian Dept of Fisheries & Oceans also flew 2 searches. Together, they covered more than 18 square miles of open ocean.

ASSATEAGUE ISLAND, MD 3 hunters & their dog were rescued by the CG, Virginia Marine Police & the Maryland State Police in Chincoteague Bay, VA. Worchester, MD 911 received a phone call from 3 hunters on a cellular phone to report their boat was disabled & they were stranded near Whittington Point, MD. After receiving the report from Worchester 911, Assateague Park Service contacted the CG & search & rescue efforts began. CG Station Ocean City, & CG Station Chincoteague, VA with Virginia Marine Police, immediately launched rescue boats & began searching for the hunters in the frigid 17-degree temperatures & gusty wind conditions. CG Group Eastern Shore, VA issued an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast & obtained assistance from Maryland State Police Helo Trooper 4, from Salisbury to assist in the search & rescue effort. The helo quickly located the hunters utilising night vision goggles & directed rescue boats to the scene. Upon arriving, the CG was able to recover all 3 hunters & tow their boat to safety. The CG credits the rescue of the hunters to the excellent relationship between the CG, Maryland State Police, Virginia Marine Police, Worchester 911 & EMS, & Assateague Park Service.

NORFOLK, VA The master of a Panama-flagged freighter was convicted of operating a commercial vessel while under the influence of alcohol & was fined $3, & ordered not to operate a vessel in US waters for 1 year. Immigration officials are also processing Hungarian Janos Gyori, 52, for deportation. Gyori was arrested Jan 11 after the COTP of Hampton Roads denied entry of the 214-ft General Lee. The vessel had been targeted for both security & safety boardings using the CG's standard risk assessment procedures. The freighter failed to stop 12 miles offshore for a security check, & Gyori did not respond to the CG over radio. After the team detected alcohol on his breath, they conducted a field sobriety test, which he failed. Gyori then refused to cooperate with a breath test. Under US regulations, a person refusing a chemical test when directed by a law enforcement officer is considered intoxicated. During the trial, Gyori testified he only drank 4 beers & part of another the night before he took the helm at 4am. Commercial vessels are held to a higher standard under US regulations for very good reasons, said COTP Bob O'Brien. This vessel was carrying thousands of gallons of heavy fuel oil & would have passed through the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel, Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel & Monitor-Merrimac Bridge Tunnel. The master's intoxicated state put his vessel & the port at high risk of a serious accident. O'Brien added that mariners can expect the same rapid, vigorous enforcement whenever violations are detected.

KODIAK, AK After searching more than 17 square miles, the CG suspended its search for 3 individuals from the fishing vessel Big Valley, which sank, casting the 6 crewmen into the frigid Bering Sea 7 miles W of St Paul Island. The joint search operation included searches by the Alaska State Trooper (AST) vessel Stimson, Good Samaritans, a CG C-13, CGC SHERMAN with an embarked Dolphin helo & a CG Jayhawk helo. Searchers aboard the Jayhawk aircraft recovered Cache Seel, a Kodiak resident, the only survivor of the incident the same morning. They also recovered a deceased crewman later in the day. The AST vessel Stimson's crew recovered 1 additional deceased crewman. The other 3 crewmen from the 92-ft crab boat remain missing. Cache Seel returned to his family in Kodiak after a visit to the St Paul clinic. Seel was in good condition. CG personnel are investigating the incident.

REEDSVILLE, OH Salvage crews work to recover 4 barges that sank at mile marker 23 of the Ohio River here. The motor vessel Jon. J. Strong was nosed around by a swift current & pinned against the lock guard wall of the Belleville Lock & Dam. Initially despatched to the scene to perform a marine investigation, a team from CG Marine Safety Office Huntington, WV remained on scene to assist the local Army Corps of Engineers, regulate river traffic & monitor the safety of salvage operations.

GALVESTON, TX The crew of CGC DAUNTLESS will returned home to Galveston after a 41-day patrol of the Gulf of Mexico. DAUNTLESS departed Galveston on Dec 12 to patrol the Atlantic Ocean & the Gulf of Mexico from Haiti to Brownsville, travelling over 7 NM, conducting homeland security, counter narcotics, & fisheries law enforcement missions. During the first 2 weeks of the patrol, DAUNTLESS was assigned to the Straights of Florida & the Windward Passage in an effort to interdict illegal migrants attempting to enter the US from Cuba & Haiti. On Dec 23, DAUNTLESS was diverted to help the seasick & exhausted crew of the sailboat Katy Did, SE of Lake Charles. Battling 8-1 ft seas, DAUNTLESS was able to transfer 2 Coast Guardsmen aboard the Katy Did, where they repaired the mainsail, & sailed the boat until relieved by the crew of CGC STURGEON, who towed it to port. After Christmas, DAUNTLESS began boarding commercial fishing boats to educate the boat operators on safety requirements & to ensure compliance with all fisheries laws & regulations. During the next 3 weeks the crew boarded more than 25 shrimp trawlers from Galveston to South Padre Island, TX. DAUNTLESS directed 3 trawlers to return immediately to port for extremely hazardous safety conditions & issued $1,5 in fines for fisheries violations.

CHICAGO An explosion onboard the EMC423 tank barge on the Chicago Sanitary & Ship Canal has resulted in the presumed death of a crewmember. The tank barge that exploded was carrying approx 588 thousand gallons of Clarified Slurry Oil. This cargo is a byproduct of the oil refining process & is used to make fuel oils. The COTP has closed the Chicago Sanitary & Ship canal between South Harlem Ave Bridge & the South Pulaski Road Bridge to all vessel traffic. The canal will be reopened as soon as it has been determined that it is safe for vessel traffic & that opening the waterway will not adversely affect the ongoing clean up & salvage operation. The CG is working closely with Heritage Environmental, Egan Marine, & state & local agencies to mitigate any environmental impacts & ensure that the spill is contained & cleaned up efficiently. MSO Chicago has initiated an investigation to determine the cause of this accident. ATF is assisting with this investigation & is providing significant technical & investigative expertise.

CARIBBEAN SEA A boarding team from the new CGC SHAMAL boarded a smuggling go-fast they stopped 15 miles S of the Dominican Republic while working in tandem with the Dom. Rep. Navy & a CG jet from CGAS Cape Cod, MA. SHAMAL is a 179-ft Patrol Coastal recently leased from the USN to provide resource support to the CG while it increases its inventory of 87-ft patrol boats, the 11-foot patrol boat conversion & develops the Deepwater Maritime Patrol Coastal platform. The 6 suspected smugglers were transferred to authorities from the DomRep for possible prosecution. The drugs were turned over to DEA. This is SHAMAL's 1st CG operational patrol since being turned over to the CG by the USN as part of a lease programme.

REUNIONS

CGC CASCO Any former crewmembers who would like to be placed on a mailing list of shipmates & activities that includes a reunion every several years, contact: Gordon C Kelly, P O BOX 141, Lyon, WI 53148.

CGC CHASE 29 April-1 May 2t at Clarion Hotel & Conference Centre at Atlantic City, NJ. Details at web site www.uscgcchase.org or by contacting Jim OCallaghan, c/o CHASE Reunion, PO Box 6733, Yorktown, VA 23690 or fone 757 291 5041.

CGC CAMPBELL 2TH reunion at Marriott Riverfront. More info at President Gordon Bell, 723 Spring LN, Lansdale, PA 19446, fone 215 393 6195 or email CaptBell@Comcast.net; also you can contact Secy/Treasurer Jim Kelly, 4 Lisa Lane, Uncasville, CT 6382, fone 86 848 116 or email jkelly3@earthlink.net, website www.campbellw32909.org.

MEMBERSHIP There are 636 current members in the COAST GUARD CLUB; Feb 22, 514; Feb 23 531; Feb 24, 543 members. DE AD4PT 73 & Semper Paratus.