Local Coast Guard rescues fisherman near Alaska

Fisherman was developing symptoms of internal bleeding

Published  8:21 AM HST Apr 26, 2013

A fisherman was airlifted off the vessel he was working on in the Bering Sea after developing symptoms of internal bleeding.

The Coast Guard reports that a helicopter crew from the Coast Guard Cutter Rush was dispatched to the fishing vessel Katie Ann.  The fishing vessel was more than 110 miles northwest of Cold Bay when the crewmember became seriously ill on Thursday.

Once the helicopter arrived, the 52-year-old crewmember was hoisted to safety.  He was first flown to Cold Bay and then transferred to Anchorage.

The Coast Guard says having a cutter on patrol in the Bering Sea means that the fisherman got help more quickly.  The Cutter Rush is home based in Honolulu.

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