Coast Guard medevacs injured worker aboard anchored ship in Columbia River

A Coast Guard 47-foot Motor Life Boat crew, from Station Cape Disappointment

Coast Guard Station Cape Disappointment 47-foot Motor Lifeboat file photo.

ASTORIA, Ore. — The Coast Guard assisted and transported an injured man aboard an anchored ship at the Astoria anchorage on the Columbia River, early Monday morning.

A boat crew aboard a 47-foot Motor Lifeboat, from Coast Guard Station Cape Disappointment, transported 11 members of the Clatsop County high-angle rescue team to assist a man that had been injured aboard the motor vessel Ergina Luck, and transport him to emergency medical services at the 17th Street Pier in Astoria.

The agent of the Ergina Luck contacted watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Columbia River at 4:49 a.m. to report the injury of a contracted workman who had fallen into a bilge while installing a recirculation system. The man reportedly injured both his legs and back and was unable to walk.

The Clatsop County high-angle rescue team boarded the motor vessel and immobilized the crewmember and carried him up three sets of stairs before lowering him down to the crew aboard the 47-foot MLB.

The injured man is a U.S. citizen and is employed by Degesch America, based in Portland. The condition of the injured man is unknown at this time.

The cause of the incident will be investigated.

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