Coast Guard IDs crew member killed in Homer crane fall
The U.S. Coast Guard has identified a crew member from a Coast Guard cutter who was fatally injured in a crane accident Thursday in Homer.
Chief Warrant Officer Michael Kozloski, 35 from Mahopac, New York, was working in the Coast Guard buoy yard when the crane fell, striking and pinning him.
The incident was first reported by the Homer News.
Dan Miotke, the Homer Volunteer Fire Department’s assistant chief, said crews responded just after 1:50 p.m. Thursday to the cutter Hickory’s drydock area. First responders found the victim pinned by the overturned crane.
Kozloski was taken to South Peninsula Hospital where he was pronounced dead, according to the Coast Guard’s statement Saturday.
“It’s with great sadness that we announce the passing of a devoted shipmate, husband and father following this tragic accident,” said Rear Adm. Matthew T. Bell Jr., Coast Guard 17th District commander. “Chief Warrant Officer Kozloski faithfully served his country for over 17 years and we are forever grateful for his steadfast devotion to duty and sacrifices.”
The Coast Guard is investigating the accident.
The Hickory is the second Coast Guard cutter in Alaska to lose a crew member during the past week. Seaman Ethan Kelch, assigned to the Douglas Munro, was found unresponsive Saturday night near Dutch Harbor; he died early Sunday after being taken to a local clinic.
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