News Release May 22, 2018
U.S. Coast Guard 13th District Public Affairs Office
After hours: 206-605-4817
Coast Guard monitors efforts to confirm location of sunken vessel in Willapa Bay
SEATTLE — Coast Guard personnel continue to monitor the response to the report of the overdue fishing vessel Kelli J after a boat crew contracted through the vessel owner's insurance company located a large unknown object in the area of a previously sighted pollution and debris in the water of Willapa Bay, Tuesday.
Global Diving and Salvage personnel have been contracted by the insurance company to dive on and identify the object Wednesday, and assess what actions can be taken for potential salvage.
Around 3:35 p.m. on Saturday, watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Columbia River received a report that the operator of the Kelli J was overdue from a fishing trip. The report came from the vessel operator's wife, who stated he was due to return at 12:30 p.m. that day and confirmed his vehicle was still at a Nahcotta marina with no vessel in sight.
Sector personnel made callouts over marine VHF channel 16 to contact the vessel operator but received no response. They then issued an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast and diverted a sector MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from training to conduct an initial search, which also yielded no results.
The aircrew returned to sector to refuel before relaunching to conduct a two-hour search covering Willapa Bay and the area offshore of the bay entrance, while a 29-foot Response Boat-Small crew from Coast Guard Station Grays Harbor retraced the vessel track of the Kelli J, a shore party from Coast Guard Station Cape Disappointment met with the family at the marina and Pacific County Sheriff's personnel checked other marinas around Willapa Bay.
At 10:40 p.m. a good Samaritan notified sector personnel that they located a sheen and what appeared to be a life ring attached to something submerged in Willapa Bay approximately three miles northwest of Oysterville. Crab pots potentially from the vessel were also located nearby. Another Jayhawk aircrew arrived on the reported location and lowered a rescue swimmer who recovered the life ring but saw no other sign of the vessel.
Helicopter crews continued to search until 1 a.m. on Sunday, and at 8 a.m. the search by air resumed.
A Clark County dive team arrived to Station Cape Disappointment around midnight and rested until morning, but due to strong currents they were unable to safely conduct dive operations on Sunday. A Pacific County Sheriff's boat crew located a large unknown object using a side-scan radar about 500 yards east of where the sheen and life ring were found, but was unable to relocate the object after returning the Clark County divers to shore.
The search for the missing vessel operator was suspended 12:12 p.m. on Sunday after the morning searches concluded with negative results. The Kelli J reportedly could carry up to 500 gallons of fuel aboard. The sheriff's office personnel worked with the operator’s insurance company to locate and potentially salvage the vessel.
Monday concluded with the sheriffs office personnel unsuccessful in locating the vessel and sector personnel issues a Safety Marine Information Broadcast to warn mariners transiting the area of the un-located fishing vessel.
Midday on Tuesday, using side-scan radar another boat crew contracted by the insurance company located an object resting below 40-feet of water and on the bottom in the same general area as the sheriff's Sunday find. The latest location is in the same general area as the sheen, life ring and crab pots. No sheen has been reported at the new location.
Further actions depend on results from the planned dive on Wednesday.
Welcome to April! Have you registered online for the SAR Conference yet?
When is it?
OK, a couple people asked, because it wasn't super super clear.
-- The preconference is June 18-21, 2018 (Mon-Thurs)
-- The main conference is June 22-24, 2018 (Fri-Sun)
Where is it?
This question keeps coming up, so I will put it out there again
-- Classes will be help on the campus of Central Washington University in Ellensburg, WA.
What if I need group Registration?
Since some of you are lucky enough for your agency to pay for your registration, that is now available using this form.
Do I need to sign up for classes ahead of time?
That all depends on the classes you want...
More classes are being added on a regular basis. Updated information for the conference courses is available here. Please note that many of the courses this year are longer to accommodate hands-on table-top exercises and other more in-depth learning tools. If you see in the description that sign-up is required, please follow the directions to do so in order to ensure space for you in that class. A new Track was just added for Disaster SAR, too!
What about Camping?
Camping is still available, but it is a hot item so don't wait too long! Camping at the fairgrounds (right next door to the campus) can be purchased while registering for the conference itself. If you are going to be attending the preconference, you can sign up for preconference camping here. There are also additional camping options on the Lodging Page.
We have received word that some of the hotels are indicating they are starting to fill up quickly. Make sure you call the hotels using the number listed on the Lodging Page and give them the codes listed to access the blocks of rooms we have reserved for you.
What is a Preconference?
The place you want to be! The preconference tends to be made up of both full-day and multi-day specialty courses. There are a fair number of K9 and Tracking courses offered (these typically fill very quickly so don't dawdle), Equine Courses, and Management level courses, Probably. Check them out here. Please note that each course must be registered for individually according to the instructions on the course description. Costs, if any, are listed on the forms. There is no cost or registration required beyond what is listed on the preconference course sheets for the preconference.
Super Amazing Banquet Dinner and Extravaganza
Here we are, the 50th Anniversary of the WA State SAR Conference. As such, we are planning a wonderful dinner on Saturday night to highlight and celebrate all the great things that have transpired over this time period. This is shaping up to be an exciting time. Please note that the conference registration does not cover this event, but you are able to register for it consecutively when you register for the conference. Make sure you select your entree of choice -- Please note, if you have memorabilia related to WA SAR's history, or other banquet questions, please contact Bill Gillespie.
Probably the fastest way to find out info not clear on the website is to fill out the contact form on the website.
Your 2018 WASARCON Team!
Underwater lift bags are a means of lifting an object underwater independent of surface support. The lift bag utilizes buoyancy created by displacing sea water with air. Lift bags come in various shapes and size. Once in place the bag is filled with air creating a buoyant sphere that is greater than the weight of the object being moved.
There are two types of lift bags, Parachute, which is open on the bottom and Sphere which is closed. The most commonly used lift bag in the offshore oil industry is the Parachute bag. This type of bag can be rigged to empty its contents in the case of an uncontrolled ascent.
[I]n any lifting activity a good lift plan should be developed and followed. The first step is to evaluate what is being lifted:
Is the lift Dynamic or Static? Dynamic lift is when the object is being lifted off bottom and relocated. Static lift is when the object being lifted straight off bottom and is restrained to the bottom. Even though during a dynamic lift the object is being relocated if at all possible there should always be some type of hold back rigging to prevent uncontrolled ascent of the load and the bag.
Confirm the weight of what is being lifted. Construction drawings should be used if possible. If buried take into consideration mud suction.
Once it is determined what is being lifted then the next step is to develop the lift plan:
Determine the safety factor to be used for rigging, (See Appendix #3 for recommendations)
Calculate the size of the lift bags and rigging. A lift bag that has a buoyancy capacity much larger than the planned lift should be avoided.
Determine center of gravity on the object being lifted
Calculate the number of bags to be used and their spacing. Spacing must be enough to allow the lift bags to completely fill and not interfere with each other.
Determine rigging points
Determine hold back rigging points
Determine where inverter line should be secured.
Determine a lift bag deflation plan.
Once the plan is in place then the divers that are executing the plan are selected:
Confirm the divers are trained to safely carry out the plan
Confirm the divers understand the plan and have input into the plan.
If possible a trial run can be performed in a diving tank to confirm the diver has proper working knowledge and operating experience.
Improper use of lift bags has caused injuries and fatalities in the past! Read the rest of this document to learn more!
Skamania County Dive Rescue contacted Clark County Dive Rescue to see if we wanted to join them on a training mission. So on Dec. 10th, 2017, a couple of CCDRT Divers attended a VERY cold and windy training session in the Columbia River Gorge. Skamania County Dive Rescue was conducting a lift bag training, which was very educational. The CCDRT Divers had a great time and learned a lot from Skamania Dive Team. CCDRT hopes that this relationship between the two counties becomes stronger and more Joint Training happen more often.
While CCDRT does not perform commercial dive salvage and recovery operations, we do perform a public safety service.
Occasionally, valuable or dangerous items are lost in boating accidents. In this case, a boater in a local lake capsized and among other items, a firearm was lost. Fortunately, the boater was fine and no injuries were suffered.
On July 31, 2017, Park Rangers notified Clark County Dive Rescue President Phil Graf and Vice President Jeremy Burnett, by e-mail, requesting the help of recovering items that went into the lake from a capsized boat from the day before. Graf replied back on the date and time of when the Dive Team would be at Battleground lake and requested that the owner of the boat be there as well.
On August 12, 2017, at approx. 9:30am, the owner of the boat met up with the Dive Team at the boat launch of Battleground Lake and showed the team of where he capsized his boat at the north end of the lake. A diver then took a buoy out to the approx. area for a starting point to start the search for the items. Two divers then began the search, at which time an item was found and the buoy was moved to mark that spot. The search continued until 1:30pm and three out of the five items were located and given back to the owner. Reference of where the boat capsized and distance from a point on the shore to the buoy was noted, in case future recovery of the other items is conducted.
Our General Meetings are on the first Thursday of each month from 6 pm to 8 pm at the "Washington State School for the Blind" in the classroom (across from the pool) in the Kennedy Fitness Center, which is located on the north side of the school. (must use East McLoughlin Blvd entrance).
Kennedy Fitness Center - Washington State School for the Blind
2305 E McLoughlin Blvd
Vancouver, WA 98661
This meeting is open to the public and prospective members!
The purpose of this paper is to identify the drag penalties for a number of simple SCUBA configurations. This is achieved through scale model experiments conducted in a wind tunnel. Some comments on the associated energy requirements are made, and from these, the effect on a diver’s bottom time is briefly addressed. The configurations tested include a study of the effect of the equipment configuration and the effect of small changes to the diver incidence.
River diving can place exceptional physical demands on the diver. Thus, river divers should be in good, if not superb, physical condition. Crawling around a river bottom will require upper body strength. Divers should pace themselves and be cognizant of the stamina of the smallest person of the buddy team. Moving against the current can be fatiguing and can rapidly deplete air supply.
CCDRT member train and equip at personal expense. Generous donations from community supporters make a huge difference in our ability to provide public safety services to the county and surrounding communities.
Please consider donating a training course, or a portion of the cost.