Logger with injured nose airlifted

Posted: Friday, October 06, 2000

JUNEAU (AP) -- A logger at the Shrimp Bay logging camp had to be airlifted to Ketchikan Thursday morning after he suffered an injury to his nose.

Coast Guard officials said 21-year-old Luke Van Vurger was working at the camp when a steel cable broke and lodged inside his left nostril. His co-workers consulted a doctor at Ketchikan General Hospital when he began bleeding uncontrollably.

Bad weather prevented commercial aircraft from reaching the logging camp so the Coast Guard launched a helicopter from Sitka Wednesday night.

Van Vurter reached Ketchikan hospital early Thursday morning. He was treated and released, the Coast Guard said.

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