Coast Guard medevacs injured fisherman 50 miles off Washington coast

Man with knife wound taken from Canadian vessel to Port Angeles

PORT ANGELES — The Coast Guard medically evacuated an injured fisherman off a Canadian-flagged commercial fishing vessel operating 50 miles west of Neah Bay.

A Coast Guard Sector Field Office/Air Station Port Angeles MH-65 Dolphin rescue helicopter crew on Saturday afternoon safely hoisted the 19-year-old man into the helicopter, according to a press release.

The man was transferred to emergency medical services at the Coast Guard base for transport to Olympic Medical Center for further care.

The fisherman reportedly suffered a knife wound in the leg, which needed more extensive medical care than the boat crew could provide.

Further information on the patient’s identity and how he was wounded was not available.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound in Seattle received the medevac request from the captain of the 110-foot fishing vessel Ocean Pearl at about 1 p.m.

The watchstanders then directed the launch of the aircrew. The aircrew arrived on scene at 2:14 p.m. and conducted the hoist. The aircrew transferred patient care to emergency medical services at 3:23 p.m. The fisherman was transferred in stable condition.

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