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Crewman exposed to Phosphene Gas

Coast Guard medically evacuated a 29-year-old crewman from a 665-foot commercial freighter, Great Fluency, in the Straight of Juan De Fuca, Washington, Sunday morning.

The man was reportedly exposed to phosphene gas and was safely transported to Olympic Medical Center in Port Angeles for further medical attention.

At approximately 7:20 a.m., Coast Guard District 13 watch standers received a notification from the Great Fluency that a member of their crew had been exposed to phosphene gas, a common chemical aboard vessels of this type.

Coast Guard crew members, aboard a 45-foot Response Boat Medium, launched from Station Port Angeles at 8:07 a.m. and arrived on scene at 8:45 a.m.

The man was reportedly nauseous but able to climb down a Jacob’s ladder without assistance.

The man was transferred to Emergency Medical Technicians standing by at Station Port Angeles, who then transported him to Olympic Medical Center for further medical attention.