Injured crewman hoisted off freighter

The Coast Guard says an injured Filipino freighter crewman has been safely transported to an Anchorage hospital for medical treatment.

Two C-130 aircraft and two H-60 helicopters, along with spare flight crews, flew out to Adak on Monday in preparation for a rendezvous with the freighter.

The 606-foot Anne Mette Bulker, flagged in the United Kingdom, reported that the 22-year old man was severely injured from a fall. The freighter — which was heading west from the continental United States to China — had to turn back east to get close to Adak so that one of the helicopters could fly out and hoist the man aboard. After the crewman was flown back to Adak, he was transported to Anchorage aboard one of the C-130s.

The two Coast Guard helicopters were expected to fly back to home base in Cold Bay and Kodiak on Tuesday.

This was the second long-distance medevac involving multiple Coast Guard aircraft within the last month.
© Kyle Stubbs

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