Fisherman medevaced after being hit in the head by a block of frozen fish

Still taken from video provided by the United States Coast Guard.
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KODIAK, Alaska (KTUU) - A crewmember of a fishing boat operating in Cold Bay was medecaved after he was hit in the head by a 37 pound block of frozen fish on Wednesday.

The coast guard stationed in Kodiak responded with an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter to remove the injured 21-year-old from the fishing boat.

The exact nature of the young man's injuries were not described, however he was taken to St. Paul for commercial medical services and then later transported again to hospitals in Anchorage for further medical care, according to the coast guard.

The fishing vessel, a 154-foot ship called the Defender, which was operating 260 miles north of Cold Bay, reported the injury on Wednesday morning. It was not said what caused the heavy block of fish to strike to victim in the head.

"Our aircrew safely transported the injured man to a higher level medical care thanks to the quick action of all," said Lt. Wade Arnold, District 17 command center watchstander.

Weather at the scene of the medevac was 20 mph winds and 10-foot seas, the Coast Guard said.

Watch a full video of the medevac operation below, from the USCG at the Air Station Kodiak.



 
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