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17th District Alaska Public Affairs
U.S. Coast Guard

News Release

August 06, 2012


Coast Guard 17th District External Affairs Office

Contact: Coast Guard 17th District External Affairs Office

Email: D17-DG-PublicAffairs@uscg.mil

Office: (907) 463-2065

Multimedia Release: Coast Guard inspectors help ensure safety of the Nome gold rush

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Coast Guard Lt. William Albright, Sector Anchorage Investigations Division chief, talks about the Coast Guard’s gold dredge safety exam outreach effort in Nome, Alaska, Aug. 4, 2012. Two Coast Guard inspectors, one from Sector Anchorage and one from the 17th District offices in Juneau, provided the free safety exams as a culmination to their efforts over the last several months to increase water safety awareness amongst the more than 80 registered gold dredge operators in Nome. U.S. Coast Guard video by Petty Officer 1st Class David Mosley.   A voluntary dredge safety check decal is displayed in the window of the gold dredge Ophir after the vessel passed a Coast Guard safety check in Nome, Alaska, Aug. 3, 2012. The decal was awarded after a safety check verified proper safety gear such as life jackets, fire extinguishers, flares and navigational lights were provided and readily accessible on board the vessel. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class David Mosley.   Coast Guard inspectors Lt. William Albright (left) and David Borg talk with a boat operator during a boating safety exam on board a home built pontoon gold dredge in Nome, Alaska, Aug. 4, 2012. Homebuilt, professionally constructed and repurposed harbor tugs and fishing vessels are being used as gold dredge platforms in a modern day gold rush. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class David Mosley.     

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Coast Guard inspectors finish their weekend operations to provide non-punitive voluntary gold dredge safety examinations in Nome Monday.

Two Coast Guard inspectors, one from Sector Anchorage and one from the 17th District offices in Juneau, provided the free safety exams as a culmination to their efforts, over the last several months, to increase water safety awareness amongst the more than 80 registered gold dredge operators in Nome.

Coast Guard concern for safety came to a height after a dredge diver died in 2011. Since the tragedy, Coast Guard officials have developed and conducted extensive information and outreach efforts with the owners, operators and community officials of Nome.

“A modern day gold rush is underway in Nome with a boom in the numbers of off shore gold dredges being operated here,” said Lt. William Albright, Sector Anchorage Investigations Division chief. “With the explosion of interest and the resulting numbers of vessels, we are dedicated to ensuring water safety of all mariners in Nome.”

The free safety exams included identifying and ensuring that all required safety gear such as lifejackets, flares, and fire extinguishers are readily available and in good working order. If an owner or operator was missing any required equipment, they were encouraged to fix the situation and reschedule an exam.

Upon successful completion of the dredge exam, an identification sticker was provided to identify that the vessel had been inspected and had passed the voluntary exam.

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