Coast Guard medevacs injured mariner

17th Coast Guard District NewsKODIAK, Alaska — The crew of a Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter medevaced a 34-year-old man from a container vessel 86 miles south of Sand Point after he sustained a hand injury Thursday.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard District 17 were notified by email of the injury aboard the 650-foot Chinese-flagged CSCL Callao at 2:15 p.m. A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak Jayhawk crew already in Sand Point on their way to a forward operating location on St. Paul Island was tasked with recovering the man.

After fueling, the Jayhawk was on scene at 5:45 p.m. and safely hoisted the man from the container ship in 31 mph winds and with 12-foot seas. The man, who injured his hand when a hatch closed on it, was transferred to the clinic in Cold Bay until a commercial flight was available to fly him out for more advanced medical care.

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