Coast Guard en route to rescue 3 crewmen

Posted: Monday, December 29, 2008

ANCHORAGE - A Coast Guard aicraft launched from Kodiak Sunday to conduct a medical evacuation of injured three crewmen aboard an oil tanker about 700 miles south of Adak Island.

The Coast Guard received a call Saturday from the master of the 478-foot chemical oil taqnker bum Chin requesting a medevac. Crew aboard the Bum Chin was able to stabilize the conditon of three injured Indian nationals aboard the vessel after they sustained injuries in heavy weather.

One more suffered a broken leg, one a head injury and the third man suffered injuries to his left leg and lower back, according to the Coast Guard.

An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter and HC-130 Hercules airplane were en route from Kodiak to Adak Island Sunday and crews expect to be on scene by 4 p.m. today. The injured men will be transferred by air ambulance to Anchorage for medical treatment.

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