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Cold Bay: Update - Coast Guard airlifts 3 from trawler

Associated Press
Published: May 10th, 2012 07:05 PM
 Last Modified: May 10th, 2012 07:05 PM
The Coast Guard says it has airlifted three crew members from a Bering Sea fishing vessel that reported an ammonia leak...

JUNEAU, Alaska — A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew medevaced three crewmembers off the Seattle-based fishing vessel Alaska Juris 80 miles north of Cold Bay Thursday.

The aircrew safely hoisted the three crewmembers from the 218-foot catcher/processor, where they were reportedly exposed to an ammonia leak on the vessel, and then transported them to Cold Bay where a Kodiak-based Coast Guard HC-130 Hercules airplane crew was waiting to take them to Anchorage for medical attention.

The three crewmembers were listed in good condition and are expected arrive in Anchorage at 10:20 p.m.

"Having the cutter Munro already staged in the Bering Sea minimized response time for this case," said Petty Officer 1st Class Mark Leuchte, a search and rescue controller with the 17th Coast Guard District. "We will continue to monitor the status of the fishing vessel as it heads to Dutch Harbor for repairs."

Coast Guard personnel responded after Sector Anchorage watchstanders received the report of an ammonia leak Thursday afternoon. An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew was also deployed from Air Station Kodiak to help support the Dolphin and Hercules crews if needed.