Cutter Alex Haley Rescues Injured Mariner

Annie Ropeik/KUCB
A Coast Guard crew medevacked a mariner with an injured hand off a freighter south of Unalaska yesterday (Wednesday).
The cutter Alex Haley responded to the request from the 738-foot Lowlands Maine. The Panama-flagged vessel that was on its way from China to the Seattle area.
A 55-year-old crewman on the ship had hurt his hand in the engine room and needed medical treatment, according to a Coast Guard press release.
The Lowlands Maine called the Coast Guard for help Tuesday, and met up with the Alex Haley 115 miles south of Unalaska Wednesday. The cutter’s MH-65 Dolphin helicopter airlifted the injured man off the freighter and took him back to Unalaska for treatment.
The Alex Haley is stationed in Kodiak. The cutter was in Unalaska this week for an annual test of the city’s emergency towing system.


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