Coast Guard medevacs Canadian sailor in Puget Sound

Air Station Port Angeles MH-65 Dolphin helicopter file photo by Chief Petty Officer David Mosley

Air Station Port Angeles MH-65 Dolphin helicopter file photo by Chief Petty Officer David Mosley

SEATTLE — Coast Guard crews hoisted an injured man from a Canadian naval vessel transiting in the northern section of Admiralty Inlet, Friday.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound command center in Seattle were notified at 10:30 a.m. that an individual aboard the 181-foot Royal Canadian Navy Ship HMCS Nanaimo had sustained a head injury after suffering a fall.

The crew of the Nanaimo reported that the man had a laceration on his head and showed signs of a concussion.


The command center diverted a Coast Guard Air Station Port Angeles MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew conducting training exercises nearby the location of the HMCS Nanaimo.

The aircrew arrived on scene at 12:01 p.m. and deployed their rescue swimmer onto the forward deck of the vessel.

The aircrew, with the help of the Canadian crew members, put the injured man into a basket and hoisted him into the helicopter.

The aircraft transported the injured man to Harbor View Medical Hospital at 12:19 p.m., where he was then transferred by ambulance to Virginia Mason Hospital to receive medical care.

The patient’s medical condition is not known at this time.

The Nanaimo continued its transit without further incident.


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