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Coast Guard evacuates crewman from fish processing vessel, Coos Bay

HH-65 Dolphin Helicoptor

(COOS BAY, Ore.) - The Coast Guard medically evacuated an injured crewman from a fish processing vessel that was 40 miles southwest of Coos Bay, Oregon at approximately 12:10 a.m., Friday.

The Coast Guard was notified 11 p.m., Thursday that Mamadou Konato, a 46-year-old male, had injured his hand in machinery while working on the 276-foot fish processor Pacific Glacier.

A Coast Guard HH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Group/Air Station North Bend, Oregon, hoisted Konato using a rescue basket and transported him to an emergency medical team on shore. He was taken to Bay Area Hospital in North Bend.

"The Coast Guard is required by law (46 United States Code 6301) to conduct an investigation to determine the cause of a marine casualty in order to promote marine safety," said Chief Warrant Officer Shane Hunt, marine investigator for Sector Columbia River, Oregon

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