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Unconscious from head injury – rescued.

An injured crew member was hoisted from the 75-foot F/V Leann more than 20 miles off Florence, Thursday.The 50 year old crewman was safely transported to medical personnel in Coos Bay.

The vessel master confirmed by phone that the crew member was unconscious after he fell and suffered a head injury. Weather conditions at the time were calm.

The master later reported that the crew member was awake but combative. A 47-foot Motor Life Boat crew, from Coast Guard Station Siuslaw River in Florence, responded to act as a safety boat.

Once on scene, the rescue swimmer was lowered to the vessel to prepare for the hoist while the remaining helicopter crew left to take on fuel. The MLB crew remained on scene until the hoist was safely completed, at which time they returned to station.

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