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VIDEO: Coast Guard medevac seaman from crab vessel in very rough weather

PortandTerminal.com, January 30, 2020

ANCHORAGE, AK – On Monday, a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter crew medevaced a badly-burned seafarer from the deck of a crab vessel off the Aleutian Islands in the Bering Sea, in very rough weather. On-scene conditions included 46-miles-per-hour winds, 8- to 12-foot seas, and 12 miles visibility.

At about 1000 hours, the 17th District command center received a request for assistance from the crab vessel Bountiful, which reported that a crewmember on board had sustained severe burns. After conducting a brief with the Coast Guard duty flight surgeon, watchstanders directed the launch of the helicopter crew.

The MH-60 Jayhawk aircrew rendezvoused with the Bountiful at a position about 40 nm to the southwest of St. Paul. Despite the heavy pitching motion of the vessel in the rough seas and heavy winds, the aircrew hoisted the victim aboard the helicopter and headed for St. Paul. He was delivered to medical response personnel that afternoon, then flown onwards to Anchorage for treatment. 

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