Large Wave Injures Three Aboard Cargo Ship

Mike Schuler
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April 22, 2014

An Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew lowers a Coast Guard member to the 587-foot cargo vessel Copacabana during a medevac approximately 200 miles south of Kodiak, Alaska, April 21, 2014. U.S. Coast Guard Photo

Three crewmembers from a 587-foot cargo ship were injured Sunday afternoon after the vessel was reportedly struck by what sounds like a rogue wave about 500 miles south of Kodiak, Alaska, prompting a medevac.

The U.S. Coast Guard received a report from the Master of the Liberian-flagged cargo vessel MV Copacabana that three crewmen had sustained multiple injuries after being hit by a large wave.

Weather at the scene was reported to be cloudy with 9-foot seas and 23 mph winds.

A coast guard flight surgeon recommended that the men be airlifted to a hospital in Anchorage for further care, prompting the Coast Guard to launch the two MH-60 Jayhawk helicopters and an HC-130 Hercules airplane crew to respond.

The three men were safely lifted from the vessel by the two helicopters on Monday, April 21, while the vessel was about 200 miles south of Kodiak. They were then flown to Kodiak to meet commercial medical flight services who flew the men to higher level medical care in Anchorage.

No additional details were provided about their condition or extent of injuries.

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