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An injured man was plucked from the deck of a fishing vessel near Dutch Harbor on Friday.
The 43-year-old man was suffering from head injuries caused by a falling box of frozen seafood. The Coast Guard duty flight surgeon concurred that a medevac was needed.
The United States Coast Guard launched an Air Station MH-65 Dolphin from the 378-foot San Diego-based Boutwell and proceeded to the fishing Vessel Alaska Juris where they lifted a crewmember from that vessel. The man was transported to Dutch Harbor to Emergency Medical personnel there for further evaluation.
The call went in to Coast Guard watchstanders from the 218-foot Alaska Juris about mid-day reporting the injured man. The Alaska Juris was about 178 miles to the southeast of Dutch Harbor at the time.
After the initial call, the Coast Guard directed the Alaska Juris to alter its course to close the distance between the vessel and the helicopter crew. The vessel was about 100 miles from Dutch when the man was hoisted from the vessel.
A Coast Guard HC-130 Hercules airplane crew from the air station in Kodiak was also launched to provide cover, communications and maintain contact with the vessel until the helicopter crew’s arrival.
“We maintain a Coast Guard cutter in the region with a hoist capable helicopter to respond to emergency medical situations and vessel crews in distress because we know the need exists in these remote areas and capable resources are limited,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Francell Abbott, a watchstander at the Coast Guard 17th District command center. “This is the second medevac this crew has conducted in the Aleutians in less than a week.”