Coast Guard Rescues Fisherman Injured Aboard Vessel Near Brookings

A Coast Guard boat met the fishing vessel Arctic Storm about 25 miles west of Brookings to take on a man who had been struck in the face by a loose crane hook.

Posted: Oct 22, 2018 5:40 PM

BROOKINGS, Ore. — The crew of a U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) boat rescued an injured man Monday morning from a commercial fishing vessel 25 miles off the coast of Brookings.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector North Bend received word of an injured man from a crewmember aboard the fishing boat Arctic Storm at 9:55 a.m. The man reportedly suffered "blunt force trauma" to the face from a loose crane hook.

The sector’s flight surgeon recommended an immediate medevac, so USCG launched a 47-foot Motor Life Boat (MLB) crew to assist.

An MLB from Station Chetco River launched and met with the Arctic Storm, taking aboard the injured 64-year-old man. The crew was able to stabilize the injured man before bringing him ashore for emergency medical services.

USCG said that the man's current condition is unknown.

"The Coast Guard reminds mariners to always keep up-to-date first-aid equipment readily accessible in case of medical emergencies while underway," USCG said in a statement.

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