Coast Guard medevacs ailing motor vessel engineer on Columbia River

ASTORIA, Ore. — The Coast Guard transported a stricken engineer from a motor vessel moored in the Columbia River near Astoria, to awaiting EMS on shore in Astoria, Thursday.

Coast Guard Sector Columbia River received a request from the crew of the 609-foot, Panama-flagged motor vessel Golden Wish to medevac the ship’s chief engineer at approximately 10 p.m., as he was having trouble breathing.

Sector Columbia River diverted a 47-foot Motor Life Boat crew from Coast Guard Station Cape Disappointment that was underway conducting training in the area to the Golden Wish, anchored near the East End Mooring Basin in Astoria.

The Coast Guard crew safely recovered the ailing engineer and placed him in the care of awaiting local EMS on the 17th St. Pier in Astoria. There is no word on his condition at this time.

The Golden Wish will remain moored until its crew manning requirements are verified. The vessel is scheduled to head upriver to Kalama, Wash.

“Coordination among the crew of the Golden Wish, our 47-foot Motor Life Boat crew, Astoria EMS and the Sector Columbia River Command Center ensured that the mission was executed in a quick and efficient manor, placing the crewmember in the medical care he needed,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Nicholas Palisano, MLB operator on the case.

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