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The U.S. Coast Guard has rescued another injured mariner, marking the seventh medevac of the winter fishing session.

Officials say the F/V Golden Alaska was fishing 60 miles northeast of Cold Bay on Tuesday, when a fisherman reported suffering from stroke symptoms.

An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew was sent to hoist the 44-year-old man from the vessel, before he was transported to Cold Bay and then Anchorage for emergency medical care.

The Coast Guard also staged a rescue in King Cove on Tuesday, after a 58-year-old man fell off a ladder and injured his spine.

U.S. Coast Guard District 17

The U.S. Coast Guard rescued an injured mariner Friday after he was found unconscious in a vessel’s freezer.

Officials say the F/V Island Enterprise was fishing 60 miles northeast of Cold Bay when crew members discovered the 57-year-old man.

A Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew was sent to hoist him from the vessel, before he was transported to Cold Bay and then Anchorage for emergency medical care.

The rescue marks the sixth medevac of the winter fishing season.



The City of Unalaska will pay $36,000 to help sink a boat that’s already on the ocean floor.

The state scuttled the F/V Akutan last month with help from the U.S. Coast Guard, but they moved forward before collecting funds from the city. That’s left councilors debating whether they should chip in at all. The final vote was almost unanimous.

Councilor James Fitch was all for it.

“We are obligated to pay this because the job has already been done,” Fitch said.



Last month, the state sunk an abandoned boat that has plagued western Alaska for months -- but it did so before securing a funding contribution from Unalaska. 

The City Council has debated whether to help pay for the F/V Akutan’s removal all year. Many councilors worry about setting a precedent that could encourage other mariners to abandon vessels near town. But others say the city needs to contribute because the Akutan posed environmental risks to the community.


National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

This Sunday, Feb. 11 marks the one-year anniversary of the loss of the F/V Destination.

Its sinking ranks as the Bering Sea crab fleet’s deadliest accident in more than a decade.

While the cause remains a mystery, memories of the crew are inspiring fishermen to stay extra safe this winter.

Last March, Unalaskans and seasonal fishermen held a memorial service at the Norwegian Rat Saloon.