Coast Guard aircrew medevacs injured man from vessel off Washington Coast

PORT ANGELES, Wash. — A Coast Guard aircrew medically evacuated an injured Russian crewmember off a motor vessel transiting 45 miles off the Washington Coast, Tuesday afternoon.

An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew from Coast Guard Sector Field Office/Air Station Port Angeles safely hoisted the 46-year-old man and flew the man to awaiting emergency medical services, which transported him to Olympic Medical Center for further care.

Watchstanders at the Coast Guard 13th District Command Center in Seattle received the initial call for support at 1:45 p.m., and after arranging for language translation, received the medical request from the operators of the motor vessel Olympic Hope, a Marshall Islands-flagged bulk carrier. The Coast Guard aircrew launched at 3:48 p.m. and was on scene at 4:20. The injured man, with a reported separated shoulder, was hoisted at 4:39 p.m.

The man’s condition is unknown. The vessel continued its transit toward Nakhodka, Russia its next scheduled port of call.

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