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Injured far out at sea, now safe

An injured 60-year-old male crew-member was hoisted off the motor vessel Alexandria 15 miles west of the entrance to the Columbia River, Friday morning. He is in stable condition after he reportedly lost sight in his left eye Tuesday.

An Automated Mutual-Vessel Rescue System notification message was received through Coast Guard Pacific Area command in Alameda, Calif., concerning the injured crewmember at 3:55 p.m., Tuesday. The Coast Guard and the captain of the 740-foot Marshall Islands-flagged bulk carrier, 610 miles off shore, made plans to meet for a medevac when the vessel got closer to shore.

An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Sector Columbia River departed at about 7:30 a.m., Friday, arrived on scene with the ship at about 8 a.m. hoisted the injured crewmember safely and transferred him to the base in Warrenton where he was met by emergency medical services and transported to Columbia Memorial Hospital in Astoria.