- Associated Press - Monday, April 21, 2014

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - The Coast Guard has hoisted three injured crewmen from a Liberian-flagged ship about 200 miles south of Kodiak.

The men were injured when a large wave hit the 587-foot cargo ship Copacabana on Sunday.

Coast Guard Petty Officer Shawn Eggert said Monday evening that two Jayhawk helicopter crews transported the men to Kodiak to meet commercial medical flight services, which flew the men to medical care in Anchorage.

The ship was about 500 miles south of Kodiak when the wave hit. The men reportedly received multiple injuries, and a Coast Guard flight surgeon recommended they receive a higher level of care than was available on the ship. The ship was told to alter course toward Kodiak for a rendezvous.

A flight surgeon and a health services technician trained in emergency care accompanied the helicopter crews to provide in-flight medical care.



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