injured Indian men aboard a Chinese-flagged chemical tanker were successfully
medevac'd this (Monday) afternoon by an Air Station Kodiak Coast Guard
helicopter crew about 80 miles south of Adak.
Jayhawk and an HC-130 Hercules left Kodiak on Sunday night after receiving a
request for a medevac at 4:15 p.m. Meanwhile, the tanker Bum Chin altered
course towards Adak to lessen the distance the helicopter had to fly. The
Jayhawk and ship rendezvoused at about 12:30 this afternoon.
Thirty-five mile-per-hour winds, 12-foot seas and snow showers were reported at
spokeswoman Sara Francis said the three crewmen suffered injuries after a rogue
wave hit the 478-foot tanker, knocking them down. The chief officer received
head injuries; an able seaman sustained a compound fracture of his left leg and
wounds to his forehead and left hand; while the fifth engineer sustained
injuries to his left leg, lower back and rib cage.
reportedly in stable condition, were flown back to Adak, where they were
transferred to the C-130 for the flight to Anchorage.
Chin was en route from Ulsan, South Korea, to San Francisco, and has since
resumed its course.