Injured Crewman Lifted from Israeli Freighter

100713.zim-haifa-medevac.jpgJay Barrett/KMXT

A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak HH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew medevacs an Israeli crewmember off the 964-foot container ship Zim Haifa about 97 miles east of Cold Bay July 12, 2010. A 48-year-old male reportedly injured his left hand after a valve dropped on it and the helicopter crew transferred him to the Cold Bay medical clinic. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Air Station Kodiak

A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak HH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew medevac’d an Israeli crewman off the 964-foot container ship Zim Haifa about 97 miles east of Cold Bay Monday.

Forty-eight-year-old Aleksey Tabachnikov reportedly injured his left hand after machinery dropped on it. The Coast Guard received a call Sunday afternoon requesting a medevac for the crewmember.

Due to the distance of the Zim Haifa at the time of call, the Coast Guard recommended the vessel sail toward Cold Bay so it would be in range of the Dolphin helicopter, which was forward deployed there.

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

The Zim Haifa is dry cargo Israeli-flagged vessel and is on its way from South Korea to the Panama Canal.

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

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