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Crewman injured aboard F/V Defender

A crewman aboard the 154 -foot fishing vessel Defender 260 miles north of Cold Bay was hit in the head by a frozen block. The injuries were severe enough that he was medevaced by Coast Guard helicopter to St Paul and then on to Anchorage for further treatment to his head injuries

The Jayhawk helicopter crew hoisted the man at 10:45 a.m. after the emergency call came in at 5:10 a.m. reporting the 21-year-old male crewmember had been struck in the head by a 37-pound block of frozen fish and sustained head injuries.

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