Coast Guard Cutter John Midgett (WHEC 726), Coast Guard Cutter Hickory (WLB 212), and the Coast Guard Cutter Douglas Munro (WHEC 724) sit moored in Kodiak as a storm rolls into Womens Bay, Alaska, May 28, 2019. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Ensign Jacob Marx)

9 Injured When Coast Guard, Navy Boats Collide in Alaska Bay

One sailor was critically wounded among several injured when Coast Guard and Navy boats collided off the coast of Kodiak, Alaska, on Wednesday night.

Coast Guard Public Affairs Lt. Comm. Scott McCann said that the 38-foot Coast Guard vessel was returning from routine search-and-rescue training in Womens Bay when it collided with the Navy boat, which officials said was a Naval Special Warfare combatant craft.

Six Coast Guard personnel were treated for minor injuries and released from the hospital. Two sailors from the Navy boat were in stable condition, and one more was medevaced to Anchorage late Wednesday.

“We will be doing an investigation into who was at fault and why it happened and what type of damage was sustained to both boats,” McCann said.

Both vessels involved in the collision were returned to the Kodiak Coast Guard base.

Capt. Tamara Lawrence with the U.S. Navy Special Warfare Command likewise said that “an investigation is underway into the cause of the collision during routine training operations.”

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Bridget Johnson is the Managing Editor for Homeland Security Today. A veteran journalist whose news articles and analyses have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe, Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor and a foreign policy writer at The Hill. Previously she was an editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and syndicated nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. Bridget is a senior fellow specializing in terrorism analysis at the Haym Salomon Center. She is a Senior Risk Analyst for Gate 15, a private investigator and a security consultant. She is an NPR on-air contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, New York Observer, National Review Online, Politico, New York Daily News, The Jerusalem Post, The Hill, Washington Times, RealClearWorld and more, and has myriad television and radio credits including Al-Jazeera, BBC and SiriusXM.

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