Coast Guard Transports Injured Crewman

A Coast Guard helicopter has flown a fishing boat crewman with a crushed finger more than 100 miles to a clinic in Bethel, Alaska.

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by Associated Press

KODIAK - A Coast Guard helicopter has flown a fishing boat crewman with a crushed finger more than 100 miles to a clinic in Bethel, Alaska.


Petty Officer 1st Class Sara Francis said the 28-year-old man from the 221-foot Seattle-based fishing vessel Alaska Spirit was first evaluated Monday aboard the Coast Guard cutter Boutwell.


However, agency medical personnel decided he needed a higher level of care to have the best chance of restoring function to his finger. So a helicopter took him to Bethel.


The fishing vessel was about 60 miles southeast of Nunivak Island in the Bering Sea.

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