Coast Guard evacuates injured crewman

SEATTLE – A 28-year old man was medically evacuated by the Coast Guard from a fishing vessel Wednesday afternoon.

The crew of a Coast Guard Station Grays Harbor, Wash., 47-foot motor lifeboat medically evacuated the man from the 310-foot fish processing vessel Golden Alaska approximately 20 nautical miles southwest of Grays Harbor after he fell 15-20 feet.

The motor lifeboat crew was launched after a Coast Guard helicopter crew from Air Station Astoria, Ore., could not hoist the patient due to heavy fog in the area.

The motor lifeboat crew transported the injured man from one of the Golden Alaska’s small boats to a waiting emergency medical team. The motor lifeboat crew immobilized the injured man and administered oxygen during the 30-minute trip back to port. Crews from the Westport Fire Department and South Beach Ambulance transported the injured man from the dock to the hospital for treatment.

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