PORT ANGELES  —  A Coast Guard aircrew from Port Angeles medically evacuated an injured Russian crewmember from a ship off the Washington Coast.

Yesterday afternoon, the crew hoisted the 46-year-old man and flew him to awaiting emergency medical services, which transported him to Olympic Medical Center for further care.

Watchstanders at the Coast Guard 13th District Command Center in Seattle received the initial call for support at 1:45 p.m., and after arranging for language translation, received the medical request from the operators of the motor vessel Olympic Hope, a Marshall Islands-flagged bulk carrier. The Coast Guard aircrew launched at 3:48 p.m. and was on scene at 4:20. The injured man, with a reported separated shoulder, was hoisted at 4:39 p.m.

The man’s condition is unknown at this time. The vessel continued its transit to its next scheduled port of call in Russia.

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