A workboat has sunk, and a crewman from a tug was rescued in the US in the past week
A US Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter rescued an injured man from tug Commitment, 97 km off Grays Harbor, on 19 February. The seafarer had sustained a laceration to the face and eye while working in the vessel’s engineroom and required medical attention. The tug’s master notified the US Coast Guard’s Columbia River Sector over VHF-FM channel 16.
When the Jayhawk helicopter arrived, it safely hoisted the injured man from the vessel, transporting him to awaiting emergency medical personnel on land. The US Coast Guard said the mariner was in stable condition when transferred from its care to Columbia Memorial Hospital in Astoria.
In Port Milwaukee, US, workboat Harbor Seagull has sunk after taking on water on 21 February. The cause and the damage are yet unknown. No one was hurt in the accident and there is no evidence of any resulting pollution.
Harbor Seagull is usually used for breaking ice in the port. It now lies within the icy waters and is a navigational hazard. There are plans to use a crane to lift the vessel out of the water, place it on a barge and transfer it to another location for inspection and damage assessment.
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