Alaska Ranger: Lessons from Coast Guard’s most challenging rescue

--Editor's Note: The following article has been submitted to gCaptain for re-publication by the Coast Guard Compass, the official blog of the U.S.C.G.-- After the rescue of 42 crewmembers from the fishing vessel Alaska Ranger in 2008, author Kalee Thompson produced an in-depth report on one of the most challenging missions in Coast Guard history. She went on to write a book … [Read more...]

Coast Guard releases report on sinking of Alaska Ranger

Photo: A crew member of the Alaska Ranger is taken on board the Coast Guard Cutter Munro. The Alaska Ranger began taking on water 120 miles west of Dutch Harbor March 23, 2008.(U.S. Coast Guard Photo by CGC Munro) WASHINGTON — The Coast Guard released Wednesday its final report of the investigation into the March 23, 2008, sinking of the fish-processing vessel Alaska … [Read more...]

The Coast Guard’s Most Extreme Rescue – Alaska Ranger

In a feature appropriately titled "Worst Case Scenario" Popular Mechanics brings us "The Coast Guard's Most Extreme Rescue - Alaska Ranger". They write: "Mayday, mayday, mayday. This is the Alaska Ranger. 5, 3, 5, 3 North, 1, 6, 9, 5, 8 West... We are flooding, taking on water in our rudder room." It was 2:52 am on March 23, Easter morning, when Coast Guard Station Kodiak … [Read more...]

Sinking of the Alaska Ranger – Fishing Master vs Captain

The fishing vessel Alaska Ranger, which sank last month west of Dutch Harbor had aboard both a captain and a fishing master. Tragically neither survived the sinking. Some of the testimony from crew members has been regarding the relationship between the two. From the Seattle PI coverage of the hearings in Seattle on the sinking of the Alaska Ranger: Crewman David Hull also … [Read more...]

Alaska Ranger – Heroic Rescue

This past weekend the Alaska Ranger, a fishing vessel in the Bering Sea, made a MAYDAY call (audio, transcript) when the vessel began taking on water near it's rudder. A USCG press release states:The Coast Guard and fishing vessel Alaska Warrior have recovered 46 of 47 crewmembers from the fishing vessel Alaska Ranger 120 miles west of Dutch Harbor. Four crewmembers are … [Read more...]