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Boxship crewman airlifted after fall near Bay Area

Apr 4, 2020 01:04 PM

The Yang Ming Unanimity mariner struck his head on the ship’s radar mast

The following is text of a news release from the U.S. Coast Guard:

(SAN FRANCISCO) — The Coast Guard medevaced a 32-year-old Taiwanese national approximately six miles from San Francisco Bay on Friday evening.

San Francisco Vessel Traffic Service personnel contacted Coast Guard Sector San Francisco watch standers, reporting a crewmember of Yang Ming Unanimity, a 1,092-foot containership, had fallen and struck his head on the ship’s radar mast, creating a laceration on his forehead as the ship was making its way toward its next port call in Japan.

Sector San Francisco watch standers launched a Coast Guard Air Station San Francisco MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew to medevac the crewmember.

Once on scene, the Dolphin crew lowered the rescue swimmer to the containership to assess the man. The helicopter crew then lowered a rescue basket to hoist the crewmember into the helicopter and transported him to Stanford University Medical Center in Palo Alto.

The man was reported to be in stable condition.

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