Sunday, March 25, 2007

Coastie Death in the Line of Duty

Originally uploaded by The ClayTaurus.
From KOMO-TV in Seattle:
A U.S. Coast Guardsman has died after falling overboard during on a routine mission on Saturday, Coast Guard officials said.

Three 25-foot vessels were at work off the coast of Vashon Island when one of the men fell over the side. Officials believe he may have been sitting on the bow, but said they do not know exactly what caused the fall.

The man was in the water for less than a minute before divers pulled him out. He was rushed to the Fauntleroy ferry dock and ambulanced to Harborview Medical Center, where he later died from his injuries.

The man's identity has not been released. He was reportedly a member of an out-of-town crew.
First I've seen of the incident. If he was "a member of an out-of-town crew" and he was working from a 25-foot boat, he was likely a member of an MSST. I think this would be the first line of duty death for the MSST community.

1 comment:

  1. Hi, I came across your blog completely by accident while looking up articles about Petty Officer Gill. You're right, he was a member of MSST 9111, which is at the Port of Anchorage Alaska. My husband is in the same unit and had known Ron for 3 years. I just wanted to thank you for the collection of articles concerning this tragic accident. We are mourning a great Coastie here in Alaska.