Man severs hand aboard trawler

Posted: Sunday, February 03, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A man severed his hand while working on a commercial fishing vessel in the Bering sea, the Coast Guard said.

A Coast Guard helicopter crew picked up Patrick Lavlu and transported him to Adak about 3 a.m. Friday. Lavlu, 37, severed his right hand shortly before 4 p.m. Thursday while cutting fish with a saw aboard the 238-foot factory trawler Alaska Juris, the Coast Guard said.

Crew members applied a tourniquet and dressed the wound. The crew gave Lavlu morphine every 15 minutes, following instructions from a Coast Guard flight surgeon.

The Seattle-based trawler was located about 100 miles west of Adak.

The Coast Guard sent a rescue crew from St. Paul Island to Adak, 390 flight miles away. From there, Lavlu was flown by air ambulance to Anchorage, according to the Coast Guard.



Subscribe to Peninsula Clarion



Trending this week:


 
 

Peninsula Clarion © 2015. All Rights Reserved. | Contact Us