Coast Guard medevacs man from fishing vessel 135 miles off WA coast

Coast Guard Air Station Astoria MH-60 helicopter file photo

Coast Guard Sector Columbia River MH-60 helicopter file photo

SEATTLE – A Coast Guard aircrew medevaced a man Monday who suffered a severe hand injury aboard a commercial freighter 135 miles off the Washington coast.

Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Thirteenth District command center received a call from Canadian dispatch in Victoria at 9:30 a.m., reporting a 39-year-old male aboard had injured his hand and leg during a fall.

At the time, the vessel was located 135 miles west of Cape Flattery en route to China.

The command center launched an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Sector Columbia River.

At approximately 12:30 p.m., the rescue crew arrived on scene, hoisted the injured man and proceeded to Astoria, Oregon. The patient was transferred to awaiting emergency medical services personnel at the airport just after 2 p.m.

EMS brought the patient to Columbia Memorial Hospital for a higher level of care.

The patient’s current medical condition is unknown.

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