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Archive for May, 2012

The Coast Guard Tuesday morning rescued three crewmembers from an overturned fishing vessel near Winchester Bay, Ore., Tuesday.

According to the Coast Guard report, crews from North Bend, Oregon received a report at approximately 12 a.m. of a fishing vessel, the F/V Aries, that was overdue for its arrival and sent a HH-65 Dolphin helicopter along with a 47-foot motor lifeboat to investigate and hopefully locate the fishing vessel.

Oddly enough, the reporting source told the Coast Guard they could see a strobe light flashing just one half-mile from shore, which lead the coast guard helicopter crew to investigate and discover all three people atop the hull of the 38-foot fishing vessel, which had overturned.  The men were later pulled aboard the motor lifeboat and took them to shore where emergency medical personnel were waiting. ... Read More

BRIDGEWATER, Pa. — Beaver County commissioners said that a man working on the new Veterans Bridge project over the Beaver River was flown to a Pittsburgh hospital after receiving a jolt of electricity after a crane from a barge hit some high tension power lines.

Construction site of the new Veterans Memorial Bridge between Bridgewater, PA and Rochester Township, PA where a crane worker on a barge in the Beaver River was shocked on May 15, 2012 by high voltage lines that came into contact with the crane.

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Coast Guard crews in Galveston, Texas are searching for 6 crewmembers of a fishing vessel that may have sank near Galveston, TX in Gulf of Mexico early Monday afternoon.

Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston said they received a mayday call from the captain of a fishing vessel at approximately 1:15 p.m. reporting that their vessel was taking on water, and the six people aboard were abandoning ship and getting into an orange life raft.

Details, however, are still unclear as the mayday call was said to be of poor quality.  At this point, the USCG does not know the name or details of the vessel and it is not clear whether the fishing vessel was part of a commercial operation or private. ... Read More

SEATTLE, Wash. –  A maritime worker, who was a forklift driver at the Port of Seattle, was fatally injured when he became trapped between a container and forklift, according to Hector Castro, a spokesman for the Washington Department of Labor and Industries (L&I). The victim was taken to Harborview Medical Center for treatment of his injuries, but he did not survive.

Southwest facing view of the Port of Seattle.

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towboat

The captain of a 29-foot towboat went missing on Wednesday and was later found dead after issuing a distress call that his vessel was taking west of Pocasset, Mass. near Buzzards Bay. ... Read More

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. —  A settlement by South Harmony Shipping of Panama, owners of the oil tanker the Dubai Star, was filed in San Francisco County Superior Court on Tuesday, May 9, by the district attorneys of San Francisco and Alameda County in Northern California.

Photo shows the oil tanker Dubai Star, right, loading bunker fuel from the barge, center, at approximately 6:30 a.m. when an oil spill took place early Friday, Oct. 30, 2009. The accident was in San Francisco Bay about two miles south of the Bay Bridge. The other vessel, the Sebarok Spirit, left, was not involved. Photo Credit: Lance Iversen / The Chronicle

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injured fisherman

Three crewmembers of a Seattle-based fishing trawler had to be medevaced after being exposed to an ammonia leak while fishing in Alaskan waters Thursday. ... Read More

The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that the families of the two Hungarian tourists who were killed when a barge crashed into the duck boat they were riding in, will split $15 million from a settlement with the companies that owned the vessels.

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A body found floating off the coast of Montauk on Saturday has been identified as the captain of a U.S.-flagged tugboat who went missing in April near Newport, R.I., according to the USCG.   ... Read More

OKALOOSA COUNTY, Fla. — The former executive of the Okaloosa Tourist Development Council accused of misusing BP oil spill and county funds died at an Alabama hospital on Friday, May 4, from a suspected drug overdose.

Mark Bellinger accused of misusing BP oil spill and county funds to buy a yacht has died of suicide.

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