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Coast Guard medevacs Royal Canadian Navy sailor in Puget Sound

MH-65 Dolphin helicopter pilot at Sector Field Office Port Angeles, Coast Guard Royal Canadian Navy
Archive image: Lt. Stephen Spotts, an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter pilot at Sector Field Office Port Angeles, walks the flightline as he prepares to conduct training at SFO Port Angeles. Personnel at Sector Field Office Port Angeles participate in regular training to increase proficiency.
U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Sector Field Office Port Angeles.

SEATTLE — Coast Guard crews hoisted an injured man from a Royal Canadian Navy vessel transiting in the northern section of Admiralty Inlet, Friday.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound command center in Seattle were notified at 10:30 a.m. that an individual aboard the 181-foot Royal Canadian Navy Ship HMCS Nanaimo had sustained a head injury after suffering a fall.

The crew of the Nanaimo reported that the man had a laceration on his head and showed signs of a concussion.​

The command center diverted a Coast Guard Air Station Port Angeles MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew conducting training exercises nearby the location of the HMCS Nanaimo.

The aircrew arrived on scene at 12:01 p.m. and deployed their rescue swimmer onto the forward deck of the vessel.​

The aircrew, with the help of the Canadian crew members, put the injured man into a basket and hoisted him into the helicopter.​

The aircraft transported the injured man to Harbor View Medical Hospital at 12:19 p.m., where he was then transferred by ambulance to Virginia Mason Hospital to receive medical care.​

aviation survival technician deploys from an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter, from Sector Field Office Port Angeles, Coast Guard Royal Canadian Navy
Archive image: an aviation survival technician deploys from an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter, from Sector Field Office Port Angeles, durring high-seas hoist training off the coast of La Push, Washington. Aircrews train eveyday to become more proficient in their craft.
U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Sector Field Officer Port Angeles.

The patient’s medical condition is not known at this time.

The Nanaimo continued its transit without further incident.​

-USCG-

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