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Crewman head injury aboard F/V Patricia Lee

A 27 year old crewman sustained significant head injuries aboard the 116-foot commercial fishing vessel Patricia Lee 190 miles west of Dutch Harbor, Alaska, early Tuesday morning. The man safely medevaced by Coast Guard, was reported to be in stable condition.

The fishing vessel’s master reported that a crewman had been hit in the head by a crab pot. Due to the injuries received, a Coast Guard duty flight surgeon recommended a medevac. Two Air Station Kodiak MH-60 aircrews, a Coast Guard corpsman and an HC-130 Hercules aircrew were involved in the long distance rescue.

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