Thursday, July 31, 2014

The Coast Guard medically evacuated a man who had been knocked unconscious aboard a fishing vessel, 20 miles west of Gray's Harbor, Wash., Saturday morning.

At approximately 6:34 a.m., Coast Guard Sector Columbia River received a report from the fishing vessel Jackpot that a crewmember had been knocked unconscious when a block came apart and struck him in the head.

It was originally reported that the man had no pulse and had stopped breathing. A federal observer who was aboard the fishing vessel performed CPR.

The crewmember reportedly began breathing again, but did not regain consciousness.

Sector Columbia River watchstanders dispatched a 47-foot Motor Life Boat crew from Coast Guard Station Gray's Harbor in Westport, Wash., and an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Astoria to assist.

Both crews arrived on scene shortly before 7:30 a.m.

The Jayhawk crew lowered a rescue swimmer and hoisted the injured crewmember from the fishing vessel.

The man was taken to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland, Ore.

His condition is unknown.

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