Coast Guard medevacs man from Chinese research vessel near Nome

A smallboat crew from the Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley medevacs a man suffering a broken arm from the Chinese research vessel Xue Long, 15 nautical miles from Nome, Alaska, Sept. 23, 2017. The smallboat crew embarked the man and transferred him to the Alex Haley for further transfer to Nome, Alaska. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

A smallboat crew from the Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley medevacs a man suffering a broken arm from the Chinese research vessel Xue Long, 15 nautical miles from Nome, Alaska, Sept. 23, 2017. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

JUNEAU, Alaska – A smallboat crew from the Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley safely medevaced a man suffering a broken arm from the Chinese research vessel Xue Long, 15 nautical miles from Nome, Alaska, Saturday morning.

The smallboat crew embarked the man and transferred him to the Alex Haley for further transfer to Nome.

Coast Guard District 17 command center watchstanders received a relay notification from a Coast Guard liaison to China who reported a Chinese national aboard the Xue Long suffered a broken arm while conducting research in the Arctic Ocean. Watchstanders directed the Xue Long to travel 15 miles offshore from Nome, where the Coast Guard conducted the medevac.

“Cooperation between the Coast Guard, U.S. Department of State, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection contributed to the success of the medevac,” said Rear Adm. Michael McAllister, Coast Guard District 17 commander. “Partnerships and international cooperation are integral to the Coast Guard’s responsibilities for ensuring safe, secure and environmentally responsible maritime activity in U.S. Arctic waters.”

The Alex Haley is a 283-foot cutter homeported in Kodiak, Alaska, deployed in support of Operation Arctic Shield 2017.

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