For those of you who don't know, I'm currently stationed in Kodiak, Alaska in the US Coast Guard, and I just received some really bad news. One of our rescue helos was assisted the CG Cutter Alex Haley for a japanese container barge that had become dead in the water and was drifting towards an island in the Aleutian chain near the island of Unalaska. While one of our helos based out of Air Station Kodiak was hoisting crew members off of the ship before it struck land, they lost enging power and went down in the water. They were attempting this rescue mission in severe weather conditions of heavy rain/sleet/snow and winds gusts up to 70 mph. 6 people, including 2 crewmembers (one of whom is a good friend of mine) are still reported missing. We also now have 2 more helos as well as a C-130 searching for the missing members. Some time after the rescue helo went down, the container barge they were assisting had broken in half, and spilled it's entire fuel load into the water. 2 crew members that were remaining on board were still aboard when the barge broke in half. They are also still reported missing. Tomorrow is not going to be a good day at work at all. Adm. Jim Olsen will be visiting both the Air Station, and my unit, the Communication Station, as we were the ones who received the may day call. The Coast Guard Commandant is also on his way here and is expected to arrive Saturday. My thoughts and prayers are with the 8 missing members and their families.