Coast Guard hoists injured fisherman from vessel 20 miles off Florence, Ore.

A Coast Guard aircrew hoisted an injured crew member from a 75-foot fishing vessel more than 20 miles off Florence, Thursday. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Station Coos Bay received the initial notification in a series of incomplete VHF-radio transmissions shortly after midnight. They made contact over phone with the master of the fishing vessel Leann, who confirmed that the crew member was unconscious after he fell and suffered a head injury. While the aircrew readied to launched, the master reported that the crew member was awake but combative, and at the request of the helicopter pilot a 47-foot Motor Life Boat crew, from Coast Guard Station Siuslaw River in Florence, responded as well to act as a safety boat. Once on scene, the rescue swimmer was lowered to the vessel to prepare for the hoist while the remaining helicopter crew left to take on fuel. The MLB crew remained on scene until the hoist was safely completed, at which time they returned to station. An from Coast Guard Sector North Bend safely transported the 50-year-old man to medical personnel at Bay Area Hospital in Coos Bay. link 14:34

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