Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley Returns to Kodiak After Winter Bering Sea Patrol

U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley
The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley near Unalaska Island, Alaska. File photo: USCG

The Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley is now back in port at Kodiak, Alaska after a 35-day winter Bering Sea patrol during which it engaged in domestic fisheries enforcement, responded to search and rescue incidents and performed at-sea medical evacuations from the Bering Sea fishing fleet.

During the patrol, search and rescue cases resulted in them saving five lives, including an individual who experienced chest pain at Akutan and a 20-month-old child at King Cove suffering from respiratory distress.

The crew maintained a law enforcement presence throughout the Aleutian Islands chain to prevent the illegal harvesting of U.S. fish stocks. During the patrol, they conducted seven fisheries boardings, investigated reports of two fishing vessels suspected of fishing in a closed Steller sea lion rookery, and issued one violation for improper recordkeeping, according to the USCG.

During a port call, the crew assisted the Unalaska Public Library with a major remodeling project; they cataloged books, rearranged furniture, and helped reorganize the space, creating a better public resource for the community. The crew also helped the local high school clean its cafeteria and food preparation spaces.

Cmdr. Brian Whisler, commanding officer of the Alex Haley, said he was proud of the crew’s accomplishments.

“Having only spent 35 days in the Bering Sea, the crew made invaluable contributions to protecting and defending human life while also safeguarding Alaska’s abundant natural resources,” he said.