Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Coast Guard Responds to Three Rescues in Three Days

Posted By on Tue, Feb 6, 2018 at 9:50 AM

click to enlarge The Lori Ann. - COURTESY OF THE COAST GUARD
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  • The Lori Ann.
For the third time in three days, the Coast Guard was dispatched to help local fishermen in distress.

In the latest rescue, a lifeboat crew was sent around 1 p.m. Monday to assist four Dungeness crab fishermen aboard the 58-foot Lori Ann, which had become disabled amid heavy fog. After putting the vessel in a side tow, the Coast Guard brought the fishing boat back to Woodley Island.

"Fortunately, the fog cleared by the time we arrived, but maneuvering two boats in a field of crab pots is still very difficult," Petty Officer 3rd Class Nicholas Boyd, the rescue boat coxswain, said in a release. "It took a lot of time and caution to get everyone to the dock safely."

The day before, a Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Air Station Humboldt Bay joined a 47-foot lifeboat crew from Humboldt and a C-27 Spartan fixed-wing aircraft crew from Air Station Sacramento in searching for a fisherman who went overboard.

The search was suspended 11 hours later without finding signs of the missing man, whom a family member identified as Bryan Scott Moore, also known as Bryan Moore Oberg, to the Redheaded Blackbelt’s Kym Kemp. His name has not been officially released.

Another fishing crew was rescued on Saturday after their boat began taking on water.

Read the full release from the Coast Guard below:
MCKINLEYVILLE, Calif. — The Coast Guard assisted four Dungeness crab fishermen aboard a 58-foot commercial fishing vessel approximately two miles west of the Humboldt Bay north spit, Monday.

The Lori Ann's crew contacted Coast Guard Sector Humboldt Bay watchstanders via VHF-FM channel 16 around 1 p.m., reporting their boat was disabled and had no steering.

Watchstanders issued a Marine Assistance Request Broadcast to ask for help from other boaters in the area, but nobody was able to respond. Due to thick fog in the area that reduced visibility to one-half mile, the officer of the day dispatched a crew from Coast Guard Station Humboldt Bay to assist. A rescue crew launched aboard a 47-foot Motor Lifeboat and arrived on scene in less than 10 minutes.

The Coast Guard crew placed the Lori Ann in side tow and helped moor the vessel at Woodley Island Marina around 5:30 p.m.

"Fortunately, the fog cleared by the time we arrived, but maneuvering two boats in a field of crab pots is still very difficult," said Petty Officer 3rd Class Nicholas Boyd, the rescue boat coxswain. "It took a lot of time and caution to get everyone to the dock safely."

The crew of the Lori Ann did not report any injuries
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