The Coast Guard medevaced a badly injured crewman from fishing boat Patricia Lee Tuesday approximately 200 miles southwest of Dutch Harbor.
The initial request for the medevac came from the Patricia Lee at about 4 p.m. Tuesday. The master reported a crew member had sustained serious injuries to his pelvic region after becoming pinned by a crab pot about 225 miles west of Dutch Harbor.
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A Coast Guard helicopter hoisted the injured man from the 117-foot, commercial fishing vessel Patricia Lee at about 11:50 p.m. He was flown to Dutch Harbor and placed in the care of LifeMed personnel.
The helicopter crew launched from Cold Bay, while the Patricia Lee made way toward Dutch Harbor. A Coast Guard C-130 Hercules aircraft crew and an additional MH-60 Jayhawk aircraft crew were launched from Air Station Kodiak to provide back up.
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by Tom Evans, Injury at Sea. Continue Reading