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The Coast Guard has suspended their search Monday, for the 22-year-old male crewmember who reportedly fell overboard from the motor vessel Challenge Prelude, 110 miles south of Sand Point, Alaska.

Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak aircrews in coordination with the crew of the Challenge Prelude conducted a thorough search of the area, spanning 673 square miles for a combined 14 hours.

The master of the Challenge Prelude notified Coast Guard at approximately 2:17 p.m., Sunday, that the 22-year-old seaman was missing at around 1:25 p.m. The master also reported that they then proceeded to sound a general emergency and conducted crew and space accountability. The master then followed his reciprocal track line back to where the crew member was last seen, and verified that all lifesaving equipment was accounted for onboard the Challenge Prelude during this time.

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A Coast Guard helicopter crew medevaced a 42-year-old man from the motor vessel Elpida GR approximately 65 miles southeast of Cold Bay, Wednesday.

They hoisted the man suffering from gastrointestinal problems and safely transported him to an awaiting commercial air ambulance, in Cold Bay, for transport to a higher level of medical care.

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The Coast Guard has suspended the search for a Chief Mate reported missing Thursday evening from the cargo vessel Golden Jake anchored north of Blake Island State Park.

25 searches throughout the night and morning failed to find the man, so the search for the Philippine native was suspended with negative results.

The vessel, awaiting offload in Seattle, had been at anchor north of Blake Island State Park for 48 hours prior to the crew member going missing. An investigation between Sector Puget Sound investigating officers and Customs and Border Protections officers is being conducted.

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A contracted workman slipped and fell into a bilge of the Ergina Luck while installing a recirculation system. The man reportedly seriously injured both his legs and back and was unable to walk.

The Coast Guard assisted the injured man from the anchored ship at the Astoria anchorage on the Columbia River, early Monday morning. and transported him to emergency medical services at the 17th Street Pier in Astoria. The Clatsop County high-angle rescue team boarded the motor vessel and had to immobilize the crewmember and carry him up three sets of stairs before lowering him down to the crew aboard the 47-foot MLB.

The condition of the injured man is unknown at this time. The cause of the incident which caused serious injuries will be investigated.

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The captain of the 1200-foot Maersk Eindhoven reported a 53-year-old male crewmember was suffering from cardiac issues 600 miles south of Cold Bay. The captain made best course and speed to Cold Bay so a safe medevac could be conducted.

A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew at operating location Cold Bay, Alaska, medevaced the man Thursday evening from themotor vessel Maersk Eindhoven 200 miles south of Cold Bay. The Jayhawk helicopter crew hoisted the man and safely transported him to Cold Bay where a LifeMed aircraft crew transported him to Anchorage, Alaska, for further medical care.

“Coordinating a mission 600 miles offshore is challenging,” said Mr. Bud Holden, District 17 command center watchstander. “Our consistant training, and the communication between the Coast Guard and Maersk Eindhoven crew enabled us to safely get this man the care he needed.”

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A 42 year old crewman fell 20 feet from a scaffolding resulting in back and hip injuries. Coast Guard medevaced the man from the 655-foot motor vessel Delsa 130 miles southeast from Cold Bay and transported him there and on to Anchorage for further treatment.

On scene a Coast Guard aviation survival technician, and a rescue litter were lowered to the top deck of the Delsa. A narrow staircase led to the cargo hold where they stabilized the man on the rescue litter then had to direct a 150-foot hoist of the litter with crewman aboard from the cargo hold to the helicopter.

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A 38-year-old crewman with burns on legs and arms from boiler steam was medevaced from the cargo vessel Tawa Arrow located 174 miles off the Columbia River entrance, Saturday.

A Coast Guard helicopter safely hoisted the injured crewman and transported him to Life Flight Network personnel for transportation to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland.

The injured man had received antibiotics and pain medication plus the helicopter had a Life Flight Network nurse aboard to assist with patient care.

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Coast Guard safely medevaced a man suffering a broken arm from the Chinese research vessel Xue Long, 15 nautical miles from Nome, Alaska, Saturday morning. The smallboat crew transferred the man to the Cutter Alex Haley for transport to Nome.

Coast Guard received a relay notification from a Coast Guard liaison to China who reported a Chinese national aboard the Xue Long suffered a broken arm while conducting research in the Arctic Ocean. Watchstanders directed the Xue Long to travel 15 miles offshore from Nome, where the Coast Guard conducted the medevac.

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The master of the pleasure craft Alaska Song had a heart attack while anchored in Takatz Bay near Baranof Island. Due to low visibility, the Jayhawk crew was unable to hoist the master of the Alaska Song from the anchored location. Sector Juneau watchstanders contacted the crew of the good Samaritan vessel Sea Lion to transport the man to Chatham Strait. He was hoisted in Chatham Strait near Angoon and transferred to awaiting emergency medical services

The crew reported that the master had been treated by an onboard cardiologist but was in unstable condition. Watchstanders diverted a Jayhawk crew responding to the tug Justine Foss and requested the recall and launch of a second Jayhawk crew.

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A 67-year-old male crewmember was hoisted from the tug Justine Foss 62 miles south of Yakutat.

Coast Guard Seventeenth District watchstanders received a report from Health Force Partners that a crewmember on the tug Justine Foss was suffering from a possible detached retina. Coast Guard Sector Juneau launched a Jayhawk helicopter to transport the crew to medical facilities.