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.
James Michael “Jim” Wells, left, was arrested Friday (Feb. 15, 2013) in the slaying of retired Coast Guardsman Richard Belisle (second from left), and Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class James Hopkins (second from right). The victims were found shot to death on the morning of April 12, 2012, at Coast Guard Communication Station Kodiak. Also pictured in this photo is Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Cody Beauford, right, as the men work on a 120-foot communication antenna on Shemya Island in the Aleutians on July 2, 2011. U.S. Coast Guard photo by PA2 Charly Hengen
The U.S. Attorney in Anchorage has announced that James Michael “Jim” Wells of Kodiak was arrested today (Friday, Feb. 15) in the double homicide of James Hopkins and Richard Belisle at the Communications Station on Coast Guard Base Kodiak nearly a year ago. More details to follow.
A fisherman was medevaced this afternoon after complaints of chest pain. The Coast Guard received a medevac request at 12:20 p.m. and quickly launched a MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Air Station Kodiak. The aircrew arrived on scene to the fishing vessel New Venture around 1:25 p.m., and safely transported the ailing fisherman back to Kodiak just before 3 p.m. for further medical care. At the time of the medevac, the New Venture was located in the Shelikof Strait, 95 miles west of Kodiak.
A Coast Guard inspector climbs storm-damaged stairs during an inspection aboard the conical drilling unit Kulluk in Kiliuda Bay, Alaska, Jan. 10, 2013. The Kulluk grounded on Sitkalidak Island, Dec. 31, 2012, was refloated Jan. 6, 2013 and was safely towed to Kiliuda Bay Jan. 7, 2013. U.S. Coast Guard photo