Let’s open this week’s FishOn cavalcade of stars with the Coast Guard portion of our present:
Here is an merchandise out of Kona, Hawaii: Warning, the X-ray graphics are graphic:
Kenton Geer, who initially hails from Rye, New Hampshire, is a industrial fisherman and captain of the Vicious Cycle that fishes out of the large island of Hawaii. He is also the creator of the memoir “Vicious Cycle: Whiskey, Women and Water” (No. 18 best-seller amongst fishing books on Amazon) and the host of a podcast by the identical identify. We right here at FishOn suspect a pattern.
On April 27, Geer was hauling gear when he discovered himself on the unsuitable finish of an enormous longline hook and dragged throughout the deck of his boat.
In keeping with a report aboard HawaiiNewsNow.com, a hydraulic line blew and he received tangled within the catch on deck and the hook skewered his wrist and opened him as much as the bone.
“There was simply a lot blood pouring out of my glove,” Geer advised the reporter. “I believed I used to be going to bleed to demise.”
The Coast Guard had been summoned and airlifted the fisherman to a Honolulu hospital, the place surgeons advised him that any additional delay would have, on the very least, value him the hand.
“At a minimal, I owe my hand to the Coast Guard,” Geer mentioned. “And presumably my life.”
He tried to thank the Coast Guard with the right gesture.
“I went over there with a truckload of beer and Jack Daniels,” he mentioned. “However due to COVID, they shut me down.”
That is OK. It is the thought that counts. And he nonetheless had a truck filled with beer and bourbon. Might have been method worse.
And whereas we’re with reference to Coast Guard rescues, this is a disturbing little merchandise we discovered on Military.com. In keeping with the report, the Coast Guard’s short-range search and rescue helicopters are flying at 70% of their full scheduled hours due to a elements scarcity for MH-65 Dolphin helicopters.
“Six Coast Guard MH-65 helicopters are at the moment grounded, with 4 extra anticipated to be out of circulation by June,” the report acknowledged. “That is roughly 10% of the fleet, Commandant Adm. Karl Schultz advised the Home Appropriations Committee’s homeland safety subcommittee on April 28.”
Worse than that, Schultz advised the pols the scarcity might worsen with the June 1 strategy of the hurricane season.
Schultz mentioned the service “should ‘take instant motion’ to transition its whole rotary wing pressure over to MH-60 Jayhawk helicopters”.
The Coast Guard has been flying the MH-65 helicopters since 1984 and, based on the report, Aerospatiale Airbus stopped making them in 2018.
“We’ve the most important fleet within the air — we’re at 98 — and issues just like the gearbox, it is very troublesome to get the elements,” Schultz advised the subcommittee members, per the report.
The Coast Guard hopes to maintain the MH-65s flying till 2035. However that is going to be a tad troublesome with out elements for his or her gear packing containers.
Lastly, excellent news. Properly, no less than for us right here at FishOn. We have lengthy needed to take a look at the Gloucester-ported Coast Guard cutter Key Largo that ties up on the Everett R. Jodrey State Fish Pier, past simply gazing at her from the dock. Now it seems alternative is knocking. And we are saying come on in.
On Wednesday, intrepid Occasions photographer Paul Bilodeau and us right here at FishOn will be part of First Lt. Tara Pray, the Key Largo’s commander, for a looksee as a part of a narrative upfront of Protected Boating Week on the finish of the month.
We prompt a cruise round Cape Ann, daiquiris on the strict and a pre-emptive shelling of the insurgents on Ten Pound Island. However the tour might be good.
So you possibly can search for that later within the week within the pages of the Occasions and on-line at gloucestertimes.com.
FishOn baseball quiz query
On this date in 1967, the good Henry Aaron hit the 448th of his 755 profession house runs. However this house run was not like any he’d hit earlier than or after. How come? The reply is circling the sacks with Dangerous Henry down under.
It is ‘Monty Python and the Holy Grail’ sans catapulted cows
We right here at FishOn are working our method by way of Hilary Mantel’s epic novel “The Mirror and the Mild” that closes out her trilogy on England within the time of Thomas Cromwell and that hopeless romantic, King Henry VIII. The English and French did not like one another then. Not a lot has modified.
The traditional rivals took a spat over industrial fishing rights within the post-Brexit period and jumped it up right into a stare-down between the international locations’ naval forces.
Final Thursday, every despatched naval vessels into the waters across the island of Jersey, which, although a self-governing British crown dependency, lies about 14 miles off the coast of France.
The Brits despatched the H.M.S. Tamar and the H.M.S. Severn and referred to as it a “precautionary measure.” The French, extremely, did not instantly give up. They despatched in Jacques Pepin and Juliette Binoche. After a stunning lunch, they despatched two patrol boats “to make sure the protection of navigation and security of life at sea.”
The French had been demanding much less regulation to fish close to Jersey. The Brits had been resolute, which is normally the ultimate stance earlier than whole capitulation.
“Dozens of French fishing boats have massed close to the port of St. Helier, the capital of Jersey, threatening to dam entry to it,” sayeth a narrative within the New York Occasions. “A French authorities official warned (earlier final week) that France might lower off the ability provide to Jersey, which is delivered by way of underwater cables from France.”
Mon dieu. Cannot all of us simply get alongside?
FishOn baseball quiz reply
Dealing with the Corridor of Fame pitcher Jim Bunning, then hurling for the Phillies, within the prime of the eighth inning at Connie Mack Stadium, Aaron hit the one inside-the-park house run of his profession. It was a two-run dinger to the wall in middle subject. It was the one homer Aaron ever hit off Bunning.
Ding, ding, ding: Bonus Henry Aaron questions: What number of house runs did Aaron hit at Fenway Park? And which pitcher surrendered probably the most profession house runs to Aaron?
Bonus Henry Aaron solutions: Aaron hit precisely one house run at Fenway, taking Sox lefty Invoice Lee deep for profession homer No. 745 because the Milwaukee Brewers’ designated hitter on Sept. 14, 1975. Dodgers Corridor of Famer Don Drysdale led the hit parade, serving up 17 profession house runs to Aaron. Dodger teammate Claude Osteen was second at 14.
As all the time, no fish had been harmed within the making of this column.
Contact Sean Horgan at 978-675-2714, or email@example.com. Observe him on Twitter at @SeanGDT