A fisherman was rescued from the fishing vessel, Ocean Force, on Tuesday, August 31, by the Coast Guard HH-65C Dolphin helicopter crew from Station Newport, Ore., supported by a second HH-65C helicopter crew from Group/Air Station North Bend, Ore. At the time of the rescue, Ocean Force was located 50 nautical miles west of Florence.
Saiville reportedly suffered head injuries, and was transported to emergency medical specialists waiting on shore where he was then transported by ambulance to Bay Area Hospital in Coos Bay.
Emergency medical specialists from Bay Area Ambulance waited at the Group/Air Station North Bend helipad as Coast Guard HH-65C Dolphin helicopter crews from Newport and North Bend conducted the medevac rescue.
The crew consisted of pilots, a flight mechanic, and a rescue swimmer, who boarded the vessel to ensure Saiville was safely transported to the waiting helicopter. U.S. Coast Guard Lt., Jason Reeder, who was on board the helicopter with Saiville, said the victim was responsive and his condition had progressively improved.
Ocean Force is a fishing vessel whose home port is located in Seattle, Washington. There are no reports at this time on how the accident occurred.