Trailblazer Crewman Medevac’d After Hand Injury

Jay Barrett/KMXT

The Coast Guard medevac’d a 23-year-old man with an injured hand from the 120-foot fishing vessel Trailblazer late last week, approximately 75 miles north of Cold Bay.

A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew forward deployed in Cold Bay safely hoisted the man and transported him to Anna Livingston Memorial Clinic in Cold Bay for further medical assistance.

Coast Guard 17th District command center watch-standers received the call for assistance from the operator of the Trailblazer that a deckhand had crushed his hand in a crab pot launcher and needed immediate medical attention. The duty flight surgeon conferred with contacts at the clinic and recommended a medevac. The watch-standers then dispatched the Jayhawk helicopter crew to the scene.

Petty Officer 1st Class Francell Abbott, watch-stander on duty at the time, said having helicopters at forward operating locations like Cold Bay during the busy fishing seasons is beneficial in times of distress.” 

Weather on scene was reportedly reasonably mild, with17-mph winds, 10 miles visibility and a temperature of 37 degrees.

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