Coast Guard hoists injured fisherman from vessel over 20 miles off Florence, Ore.

An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Coast Guard Sector North BendNORTH BEND, Ore. — A Coast Guard aircrew hoisted an injured crew member from the 75-foot fishing vessel Leann more than 20 miles off Florence, Thursday.

An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Sector North Bend safely transported the 50-year-old man to medical personnel at Bay Area Hospital in Coos Bay.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Station Coos Bay received the initial notification in a series of incomplete VHF-radio transmissions shortly after midnight. They made contact over phone with the vessel master, who confirmed that the crew member was unconscious after he fell and suffered a head injury.

While the aircrew readied to launched, the master reported that the crew member was awake but combative, and at the request of the helicopter pilot a 47-foot Motor Life Boatcrew, from Coast Guard Station Siuslaw River in Florence, responded as well to act as a safety boat.

Once on scene, the rescue swimmer was lowered to the vessel to prepare for the hoist while the remaining helicopter crew left to take on fuel. The MLB crew remained on scene until the hoist was safely completed, at which time they returned to station.

Weather on scene was calm with light winds and clear visibility.

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