Coast Guard Club Newsletter

 

March 25

 

SPECIAL NOTICE Jack Eckert (www.jacksjoint.com) and I have put together a manuscript with the working title Best of Coast Guard Stories and sent it to Presa Press book publishers, in response to their enquiry. By the end of March, Presa Press will decide whether to print the book. New info will be updated in this newsletter and other sources if anything develops.

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.

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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

SEATTLE The CG & the Washington Dept of Fish & Wildlife cooperated in the seizure of a 54-ft fishing vessel after an investigation revealed the vessel had 25 crab pots more than the owners licence allowed. After boarding the vessel off the Washington coast, officers confirmed the fishing vessel Star Shadow, based in Ketchikan, was exceeding its 3-pot limit. WDFW enforcement vessel Corliss, a 47-ft motor lifeboat from CG Station Grays Harbor, & an HH-6 Jayhawk helo from CGAS Astoria were launched to locate the vessel. The Jayhawk located the Star Shadow about 3 miles SW of Destruction Island & relayed the position to CG & WDFW vessels. DFW agents from the Corliss boarded the Star Shadow to count the crab pots, while a boarding team conducted a safety inspection. The master of the vessel admitted fishing with approx 55 crab pots during an interview with WDFW enforcement officers. The WDFW seized & escorted the vessel to the Westport Marina where the estimated 97 pounds of Dungeness crabs on board were confiscated. The vessel was then escorted & moored at Station Grays Harbor pending further investigation. Capt Mike Cenci, a WDFW enforcement officer, said the dept plans to file charges in the case in Grays Harbor District Court in Montesano. He noted that exceeding a commercial crab-pot limit is a gross misdemeanor, punishable by fines of up to $5 per day.

SEATTLE The CG terminated the voyage of a commercial tribal gill net skiff on the Quillayute River after finding multiple safety violations & no registration aboard the vessel. A 25-ft response boat from CG Station Quillayute River observed a 15-ft skiff with illegible state registration numbers. An inspection team conducted a boarding of the vessel & found it had none of the required safety gear for commercial vessels. Also, the master could not provide registration, or tribal identification. The CG boarding officer provided a life jacket to the master of the vessel & escorted the vessel safely into La Push Marina. The CG terminated the voyage due to multiple safety violations, & issued an enforcement action report for fishing without tribal identification. CG Station Quillayute River periodically checks vessels for compliance with the Commercial Fishing Vessel Safety Act, which sets safety equipment requirements aboard commercial vessels. By law vessel operators must ensure their vessels have the required equipment on board. This can prevent loss of life & CG voyage terminations that cost valuable fishing time.

CHARLESTON CGC OAK is scheduled to return home to its moorings at the former Naval Shipyard, Pier Papa, in North Charleston following 6 weeks of aids to navigation, search & rescue & migrant interdiction operations in Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands, Haiti, Guantanamo Bay, & the SEern coast of FL. During their time away from home the crew of the OAK conducted aids to navigation servicing nearly 1 fixed & floating aids to navigation in & around the Caribbeans busiest harbours & coastlines. The 46 mile journey took the crew of the OAK to St Thomas & St John in the US Virgin Islands; Tortola, British Virgin Island; Guantanamo; Port Au Prince, Haiti, & numerous coastal cities around Puerto Rico. In addition to servicing aids to navigation, the crew was called upon to tow a disabled 65-ft motor vessel into Gonaives, Haiti. The vessel had a crew of 6 Haitians & was adrift approx 45 miles off the W coast of Haiti after spending 3 days at sea. OAK is the 11th of 16 225-ft Juniper Class Seagoing Buoy Tenders & the only sea going buoy tender in the 7th CG District which encompasses 1.8 million square miles, including SC, FL, & the Caribbean Islands. OAK was commissioned in Charleston March 7, 23 & features some of the most advanced navigation equipment in the CG fleet. The crew is comprised of 8 officers & 41 enlisted personnel.

LAKE ST CLAIR Two men were rescued when CGAS Detroit hoisted them to safety after being stranded on the ice in Mitchell's Bay of Lake St Clair for several hours. The Rescue Coordination Centre in Trenton, Canada, requested CG assistance & a rescue helicopter was despatched. William Davis & Craig Gidisas, both US citizens from Michigan, were taken to safety approx an hour & a half later & were transported to Mt Clemons General Hospital, where they were treated for mild hypothermia.

MIAMI CGC MATAGORDA, on its first operational patrol after going through a major conversion programme as part of the Deepwater Programme, stopped a smuggling boat in the Florida Straits attempting to bring 25 Cuban migrants into the country illegally. The go-fast was initially spotted by the crew of a C-13 Hercules airplane from CGAS Clearwater, 4 miles SW of the Dry Tortugas heading N at high-speed with no lights. MATAGORDA was diverted & assumed the role of on-scene commander to coordinate the interdiction effort. After a long chase the smuggling boat, operated by 2 suspected smugglers, was safely stopped 2 miles S of the Dry Tortugas. During the chase a 2nd suspect vessel was also spotted by CGC PEA ISLAND. This information was relayed to Customs & Border Protection whose air & marine units located the boat being operated by 2 possible smugglers. Both cases are under investigation by the Coast Guard, CBP & the US Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Florida. The migrants were all repatriated to Bahia de Cabanas, Cuba. To continue to meet Americas 21st century maritime threats & challenges, the CG initiated the Integrated Deepwater System (IDS) Programme, the largest & most innovative acquisition in the Coast Guard's history. One programme within Deepwater is the conversion of existing 11-ft patrol boats into the renovated & improved 123-ft maritime patrol boat. MATAGORDA was decommissioned in Miami Jan. 23, after 17 years of service to become the first ship to go through this programme, upgrading its operational capabilities & extending its service life. (Detailed information on the Deepwater programme & the 123-ft conversion programme can be found at http://www.uscg.mil/deepwater/system/123.htm). Click on View Matagordo video to see great film.

BOSTON Two fishermen have been rescued & 1 fisherman remains missing after their 44-ft commercial fishing vessel caught fire 5 miles NE of Scituate Harbour. The Lady Lorraine, reportedly had 3 passengers on board. The extent of injuries is unknown at this time. The crew of fishing vessel Night Moves, which witnessed the fire, rescued 2 fishermen from a life raft & transferred the Lady Lorraine crewmembers to Scituate Harbour, where they were transferred to Emergency Medical Services Personnel. One male was transported by EMS to South Shore Hospital. The other male was flown by Med Flight to Massachusetts General Hospital. CG Station Point Allerton despatched a 41-ft & 2 47-ft rescue boats to the scene & CGAS Cape Cod launched an HH-6 Jayhawk helicopter. Crewmembers from Station Point Allerton extinguished the fire & the FV has reportedly sunk. The cause of the fire is unknown at this time. Coast Guard Sector Boston will conduct the marine casualty investigation.

JACKSONVILLE SAR crews from Charleston & Clearwater are searching for a man who reportedly fell overboard from a 31-ft commercial fishing vessel 5 miles off the coast of Charleston. Rescue crews from Group Charleston & Air Facility Charleston immediately launched, the HH-65 Dolphin helo was first on scene, while CGC YELLOWFIN & a 47-ft motor life boat, homeported in Charleston, arrived shortly afterward. An HC-13 Hercules from CGAS Clearwater was launched & joined the search also. CG rescue crews have searched a combined area of more than 11 square nautical miles.

REUNIONS

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.

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 25 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 TANEY 6-8 October at Baltimore, MD. Contact Frank Tobat, POB 74, Quantico, MD 21856, email frank@hvacservices.com

MEMBERSHIP There are 639 current members in the COAST GUARD CLUB. DE AD4PT 73 & Semper Paratus.