Waesche Returns from Frigid North

Crew spends Veterans Day rescuing disabled fishing boat


U.S. Coast Guard photo by Coast Guard Cutter Waesche

A small-boat crew from the Coast Guard Cutter Waesche disembarks non-essential crew members from the disabled fishing vessel Alaska Mist on the Bering Sea near Amak Island, Alaska, Nov. 11, during the cutter's recent deployment north.

The U. S. Coast Guard Cutter Waesche returned last Friday from a 109-day deployment in the Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea and Artic Ocean to its homeport at Coast Guard Island to reunite with loved ones for the holidays.

The cutter's crew operations included maritime law enforcement, search and rescue, maritime surveillance and community outreach.

The Waesche patrolled the Bering Sea during the opening of the red king crab season to help ensure the safety and security of fishermen. The crew also enforced laws and regulations in the both the Bering Sea and the Gulf of Alaska that ensure sustainable fishing is practiced.

The cutter's five search-and-rescue cases included removing mariners from the disabled fishing vessel Alaska Mist. The vessel suffered mechanical failure and became disabled and adrift 30 miles northwest of Amak Island.

Waesche crewmembers affected the rescue on Veterans Day with winds blowing at speeds up to 46 mph in 10-foot seas.

A Coast Guard crewmember was injured during the operation. A Coast Guard helicopter crew transported the member to Cold Bay for a commercial medevac to Anchorage and further medical care. While on solid ground in Unalaska, Alaska, Waesche crewmembers helped the community with its upkeep at a high school.

The Waesche, a 418-foot National Security Cutter, has a range of 12,000 nautical miles and a permanent crew of 120.

The cutter is named for Coast Guard Adm. Russell R. Waesche, who served as a Commandant of the Coast Guard from 1936 to 1945.


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