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The U.S. Coast Guard temporarily relieved the commanding officer of the Homer-based Cutter Hickory Tuesday after it concluded its investigation into the death of one the vessel’s crew members.

Chief Warrant Officer Michael Kozloski died in a shore-side crane accident on Jan. 31.

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It’s been just a handful of days since a U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Hickory crew member died. Chief Warrant Officer Michael Kozloski died in an accident involving a crane last week on the Homer Spit.

Now, Homer residents and the local Coast Guard community are rallying around Kozloski’s family. He is survived by his wife and four children.

Homer resident Mary Jo Cambridge started a GoFundMe page to help out. She owns a local gym, which Kozloski attended, and she also coached his daughters in softball.

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This article was updated at 10:45 a.m. on Feb. 2. 

A U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Hickory crew member died in an accident on the Homer Spit on Thursday. Chief Warrant Officer Michael Kozloski was 35-years-old.

Lt. Cmdr. Ray Reichl is chief of external affairs for the Coast Guard 17th district. He said Kozloski was fatally injured when a crane rolled over Thursday afternoon in the Coast Guard’s buoy storage yard.

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The U.S. Coast Guard medevaced a man from a commercial fishing vessel near Cordova Saturday. The 51-year-old was aboard the F/V Devotion about 35 miles southwest of Cordova.

According to a Coast Guard press release, a nearby charter vessel notified responders that the man had fallen and sustained a head injury.

A MH-60 Jayhawk aircrew stationed in Kodiak responded to the scene. The man was transferred to a nearby tugboat before he was airlifted to Cordova for medical treatment.

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The U.S. Coast Guard called off the search for an overdue boater near Whittier Sunday evening. A boater in a red 16-foot skiff went missing near Passage Canal while tending crab pots just north of town.


The Whittier harbor master altered the Coast Guard of the missing boater Saturday afternoon. The harbor master told the coast guard that the boater typically returns by 1 p.m.


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Coast Guard helicopter and cutter crews rescued two people and three dogs near Montague Island in Prince William Sound Friday. The Coast Guard dispatched a MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter and the Cutter Chandeleur after a mayday call came in over VHF radio.

Two boaters reported that their 34-foot vessel was taking on water before kayaking to Montague Island with one of three dogs. The helicopter crew transported the two boaters and their pet back to safety after they signaled their location with a flare.