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Vessels all over coastal Alaska have been without their trusted source of contact with the U. S. Coast Guard for months. The Coast Guard's VHF-FM reception towers are degraded and calls on VHF-FM Channel 16 are not being received by Coast Guard communication centers.

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A 75-year-old Mat-Su Valley man was killed in a Tuesday floatplane crash in Prince William Sound.

Alaska State Troopers ID’ed the deceased as William Resinger of Palmer. He was one of two passengers aboard a Cessna 185 Skywagon that went down over Cascade Bay about 20 miles southwest of Valdez.

Coast Guard spokeswoman Charly Hengen said the pilot and both passengers were underwater but four vessels in the area immediately responded.

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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.

Aaron Bolton, KBBI News

The federal government’s partial shutdown shows just how important basic government operations are to Alaska’s coastal communities.

Most U.S. Coast Guard operations are suspended and that’s holding up commercial boat and permit sales as well as some construction of passenger vessels.

“We’re really just coming into the busy season,” Doug Bowen, a broker for Alaska Boats and Permits in Homer, said. “The next few months will be the busiest time of the year for us.”

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The U.S Coast Guard rescued two men from a pleasure cruiser Saturday in Prince William Sound. The F/V Gaillea ran aground roughly six miles off Busby Island, roughly 20 miles Southwest of Valdez. 

A 75-year-old man fell overboard, according to a Coast Guard news release. The man swam ashore, and several other vessels responded to help. Members of the F/V Fierce Leader recovered a 69-year-old man who was still aboard the Gaillea and crewmembers from the F/V Mary J used a skiff to rescue the other man from shore.

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The U.S. Coast Guard medevacked a male Thursday that sustained a hand injury on a Prince William Sound fishing vessel. According to a press release, the 18-year old was on the (F/V) Pacific Harvester when he began to go into shock. 

Coast Guard Sector Anchorage dispatched a Valdez boat crew after receiving the report. The crew treated the man’s hand while transporting him to Valdez before he was handed over to waiting medical staff. 

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The U.S. Coast Guard rescued four mariners Sunday after the commercial fishing vessel Soulmate was disabled and began drifting 57 miles west of Kodiak Island. The vessel is registered Joseph Samoilov of Homer.

The Coast Guard was contacted Saturday and stayed in contact with the crew every six hours before the Coast Guard Cutter Naushon was dispatched to the scene Sunday. The Soulmate was towed to Alitak Bay.

Weather on scene was reported as 15-mph winds and 11.5-mile visibility.

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The body of a missing Anchorage man was found Tuesday in waters near the Whittier Harbor. The Whittier Harbormaster reported Karl Stoltze, 53, overdue Saturday evening. Stoltze left the harbor earlier that day in a red 16-foot skiff to tend crab pots just north of the harbor.

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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.