A Kodiak Fish and Game employee went missing on a hike near Saltery Cove Monday, prompting a multi-agency search by the Alaska State Troopers, Kodiak Island Search and Rescue and a Coast Guard helicopter.
According to a trooper report, Matthew Dias, age 35 reportedly left a Fish and Game camp in Ugak Bay for a hike around 1 p.m. By 11 that night, Troopers received a call saying the man failed to return to camp.
The Coast Guard launched a helicopter with four KISAR volunteers aboard Tuesday morning at 6:30, and returned to Kodiak after dropping them off.
Dias was spotted atop a bluff around 10 a.m. Tuesday by searchers in a Fish and Game vessel, which recalled the helicopter. Dias was hoisted aboard and returned to Kodiak without injury.
The Communication Station Kodiak chief’s mess stands with a plaque they had created to memorialize shipmates Chief Petty Officer Richard Belisle, retired and Petty Officer 1st Class Jim Hopkins during a memorial held at the unit in Kodiak, Alaska, April 12, 2013. Comments from many shipmates including the current and former commanding officers of the COMMSTA were given during the ceremony honoring the lives and character of both men. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Sara Francis)
The FV Katmai is clearly identifiable even after 41-years on the bottom. USCG photo
The fishing vessel Katmai was on its way to Kodiak when it was lost and presumed sunk in 1972. USCG photo
In February 1972 a Kodiak-bound fishing boat out of Mobile, Alabama, disappeared without a trace, taking all hands with it. Now, 41 years later, the Coast Guard announced that the fishing vessel Katmai has been found.
It was stumbled across by a Schmidt Ocean Institute survey of the ocean floor in December, while working for the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. The crew of the research vessel Falkor saw an unknown sonar blip about 200 miles offshore, but had no record of a sunken vessel in that spot. They sent a remote operating vehicle, or ROV, down to investigate, and there they found the Katmai in 9,000 of water in remarkably good shape.
The Coast Guard was notified and initiated a cold-case investigation.
What they determined was the Katmai departed Mobile, where it was constructed by Bender Ship Building, on February 18, 1972, and it never made its destination of Alaska, or even as far as the Panama Canal.
The Katmai had disappeared without a trace and was presumed sunk in the Gulf of Mexico. It was skippered by owner Oskar Joos, and had aboard his wife, their eight-year-old child, and crewman Clinton Hollevoet.
The Coast Guard has contacted the families of the victims and told them what happened to their loved ones.
An increase in illegal trappings has led the Coast Guard to post signs and remind everyone that trapping is illegal on Coast Guard property. Kristina Dewinter oversees base operations and said many traps have been found on base within the last month, sometimes with wounded animals in them.
Dewinter said the trap severely injured a bear cub, and the animal had to be put down by Alaska State Troopers. She said a dog ended up being fine once it was released from the trap. Trapping has been outlawed on base property for almost a decade, and Dewinter said that was just when the regulation was updated, so it may have been illegal even longer. There are no signs letting people know trapping is illegal, which Dewinter admitted doesn’t help.
She said signs will be going up very soon, and hopefully that will help discourage the trapping.
The M/V Pacific Producer ran aground near the village of Ouzinkie on Friday and remains hard aground as of this (yesterday) afternoon. A situation report from the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation said the 169-foot fishing vessel ran aground around 5 a.m. on Friday with an estimated 10,000 gallons of diesel fuel, various lubes and oils and about 6,000 pounds of ammonia on board. No pollution or injuries have been reported and the DEC says the situation is stable.
Sara Francis is spokeswoman for the Coast Guard and said part of the crew was evacuated by a Good Samaritan vessel on Friday. Continue reading
A Coast Guard helicopter crew from Air Station Kodiak medevac’d a crewman from the fishing vessel Stella in the Shelikof Strait on Friday. The Coast Guard would not identify the 35-year-old fisherman, but said he was suffering from hypothermia after falling overboard.
The Coast Guard reports the man spent a significant amount of time in the 38-degree water before being rescued by crewmen aboard the 58-foot Stella. After being hoisted aboard the Jayhawk, the man was returned to Kodiak and transferred to the hospital for treatment. His current condition is unknown.
The Coast Guard is investigating.