Coast Guard hoists injured crewmember from vessel 15 miles west of Columbia River

Coast Guard Air Station Astoria/Sector Columbia River MH-60 helicopterWARRENTON, Ore. — The Coast Guard hoisted an injured crewmember off a motor vessel 15 miles west of the entrance to the Columbia River, Friday morning.

The injured crewmember, a 60-year-old male, is in stable condition and reportedly lost sight in his left eye Tuesday, and will be treated by a physician.

Watchstanders at the Coast Guard 13th District Command Center in Seattle received an Automated Mutual-Vessel Rescue System notification message through Coast Guard Pacific Area command in Alameda, Calif., concerning the injured crewmember at 3:55 p.m., Tuesday. The Coast Guard and the captain of the motor vessel Alexandria, a 740-foot Marshall Islands-flagged bulk carrier, made plans to meet for a medevac when the vessel got closer to shore. At the time of notification the Alexandria was 610 miles west of the entrance to the Columbia River. The vessel made best speed toward land during the last few days.

The Coast Guard has been on a communication schedule with the captain of the ship during the week to monitor the condition of the injured crewmember.

An aircrew aboard an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Coast Guard Sector Columbia River departed at about 7:30 a.m., Friday and arrived on scene with the ship at about 8 a.m. and hoisted the injured crewmember safely and transferred him to the base in Warrenton where he was met by emergency medical services and transported to Columbia Memorial Hospital in Astoria.

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