Crew member medevaced with hand injury

An 18-year-old crew member aboard the fishing vessel Pacific Harvester was medevaced from 35 miles south of Valdez on July 26 after suffering a hand injury and displaying signs of shock, according to a report from the U.S. Coast Guard.

Crew members with a Coast Guard Station Valdez boat crew responded after Coast Guard officials in Anchorage received a report from the master of the Pacific Harvester requesting the medevac.

Having an emergency trauma technician and first aid certified crewmembers allowed us to treat the man’s hand while transporting him to the pier (at Valdez), said Petty Officer 2nd Class Gary Hutchison, the small boat coxswain during the case.

“We train for emergencies like these and we hope he makes a speedy recovery,” he said.