A 45-year-old man aboard factory trawler F/V ALASKA OCEAN suffered an arm crush injury on February 21, 2021, in Alaska. HealthForce Partners contacted the Coast Guard command center in Juneau at approximately 7:00 p.m. to request a medical evacuation. The trawler was located 30 miles northeast of Cold Bay when the incident occurred. The Coast Guard directed a Jayhawk helicopter aircrew from Forward Operating Location Cold Bay to respond. The injured man was airlifted at 10:30 p.m. and transported to Anchorage for medical treatment.
This incident demonstrates the dangers faced by commercial fishermen, both working aboard fishing vessels and in accessing emergency medical assistance following an injury. BoatLaw, LLP has represented commercial fishermen throughout the pacific northwest for over forty years. The firm’s admiralty lawyers have a unique understanding of the perils faced by these mariners.
Source: Alaska Native News