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Coast Guard Rescues Crew Member with Eye, Head Injuries

Published On: Nov 27 2013 01:49:00 PM AKST

Courtesy U.S. Coast Guard


The Coast Guard medevaced a crew member from the 958-foot container vessel Sea Land Charger.

The ship was approximately 550 miles from Kodiak Wednesday when a MH-60 Jayhawk responded and safely hoisted a 56-year-old man aboard the helicopter.

He was transported to Kodiak then Anchorage for advanced medical care.

The crew of the ship requested assistance at 11:05 a.m. Tuesday after the crew member reportedly fell 10 feet, injuring his head and right eye.

Watchstanders established a six-hour communication schedule with the vessel overnight, and the Sea Land Charger reached a destination agreed upon by Air Station Kodiak personnel the next morning.

They were roughly 115 miles from Kodiak when the Jayhawk crew and an HC-130 Hercules airplane crew arrived.

The Hercules crew provided cover, a self–rescue capability and for communications purposes.

“The is the third medevac of an injured cargo vessel crewman we’ve conducted in recent months," said Lt. John Filipowicz, a Jayhawk pilot at Air Station Kodiak who was on the case."These cases illustrate the importance of having well-trained Coast Guard crews and hoist-capable helicopters available in Kodiak.”