Coast Guard medevacs Israeli crewmember from Zim Haifa near Cold Bay

KODIAK, Alaska – A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak HH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew safely medevaced an Israeli crewmember off the 964-foot container ship Zim Haifa about 97 miles east of Cold Bay Monday.

Aleksey Tabachnikov, a 48-year-old male, reportedly injured his left hand after a valve dropped on it. Coast Guard District 17 command center personnel in Juneau received a report from Coast Guard Communications Station Kodiak watchstanders Sunday afternoon requesting a medevac for the crewmember.

Due to the distance of the Zim Haifa at the time of the initial notification, Coast Guard watchstanders recommended the vessel transit toward Cold Bay so the Dolphin helicopter crew could safely perform the medevac.

The helicopter crew safely hoisted Tabachnikov about 3 p.m. and transferred him to Cold Bay where he was transferred to the Cold Bay medical clinic. He was reported in stable condition.

The Zim Haifa is dry cargo Israeli-flagged vessel and was transiting from South Korea to the Panama Canal.

Weather at the time of the hoist was rain with a northeast wind of 10 to 25 mph.

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