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Captain with Severed Fingers medevaced from Northwind

A good Samaritan boat crew medevaced the injured captain of the the fish processing vessel Northwind, northeast of Biorka Island, Saturday.

The good Samaritan crew aboard the charter fishing vessel North River took the captain from the Northwind onto their vessel, then transported him to shore where he was transferred to the Coast Guard Helicopter that was able to land nearby.

F/V North River reported that the captain of the fish processing vessel Northwind potentially severed several fingers. Around the same time the Coast Guard helicopter crew was conducting a training flight in the area, heard a request for help over VHF channel 16 and diverted to respond.

by Tom Evans, Injury at Sea.

The helicopter crew transported the Northwind captain from shore to the air station, where they transferred him to Sitka Fire Department emergency medical services for further care.

Injury at Sea has had many cases with severed fingers – hands -foot portion. It is often possible to reattach the body part if surgery can be performed in time. Meanwhile, it is extremely important to keep the amputated fingers chilled. We had one case where a processors left dominant hand was amputated across all 4 knuckles. The crew of the fishing vessel placed the severed hand into a tub of chocolate ice cream which it put into the fridge. 23 hours later, after 11 hours of surgery at Harborview in Seattle the amputed hand section was attached and while not nearly as functional the hand lived on and was partially functional.

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