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The US Coast Guard (USCG) has announced it medically evacuated (medevaced) a crew member of a Yang Ming container ship near the Bay of San Francisco on 3 April.

In a statement, the USCG said Coast Guard Sector San Francisco watchstanders were contacted with reports that a crewmember of the Yang Ming Unanimity, a 1092-foot container ship, had fallen and struck his head on the ship’s radar mast.

The fall reportedly caused a laceration on his forehead as the ship was making its way toward its next port call in Japan.

Sector San Francisco watchstanders launched a Coast Guard Air Station San Francisco MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew to medevac the crewmember.

Once on scene, the Dolphin crew lowered the rescue swimmer to the container ship to assess the man.

The helicopter crew then lowered a rescue basket to hoist the crewmember into the helicopter and transported him to Stanford University Medical Center in Palo Alto. The man was reported to be in stable condition.

On 25 March 2020, Port Technology reported how the USCG had medevaced the captain of a Maersk vessel after her suffered symptoms consistent with a stroke.


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