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Crab Pot causes serious injury, crew medevaced

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.

Work at sea can be hazardous. The law tries to ensure risks are minimised but when things go wrong the resulting injuries can be devastating or fatal.

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.

A livelihood lost to an accident disrupts whole families. Expert attorneys can determine what went wrong, establish liability, and pursue legal remedies so proper compensation can enable a family to survive the events.

by Tom Evans, Injury at Sea.

Tom Evans is a SEATTLE MARITIME INJURY LAWYER handling all aspects of maritime injury at sea… including shore side situations.
Injury at Sea Seattle Maritime injury attorneys provide legal representation worldwide for injured fishermen, deckhands, officers, merchant mariners, factory trawlers, crabbers, ferry workers, longshore, all branches of the merchant marines, cruise ship, oil rig workers and recreational boater injuries. Also including longliners, deckhands, processor, factory workers (in the factory and on the trawler) coastguard licensed.
They work with highly qualified marine safety investigators, naval experts, injury experts, Board-certified medical personnel and health care providers, physical capacities experts, and job experts, representing anyone injured at sea or in a maritime situation, to get compensation for present and future losses.

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