Crewman dies, two injured on log carrier south of Adak

Posted: Wednesday, December 11, 2002

KODIAK (AP) -- One crewman died and two others were seriously injured on board a log carrier 180 miles south of Adak on Monday.

The captain of the 465-foot log carrier Borca contacted the Coast Guard requesting medical assistance. He said the ship encountered rough weather and three crewmen, working below decks, were banged around.

The captain said the injured crewmen suffered broken bones and possible head injuries.

After consulting with one of its flight surgeons, the Coast Guard instructed the Borca's captain to change course and head toward Adak.

The Borca is home-ported in China.

A Jayhawk helicopter and crew departed Kodiak at about 3:30 a.m. A Coast Guard C-130 and crew with an additional helicopter crew departed at about 4 a.m.

To complete the 910-mile journey, the helicopter crew refueled in Cold Bay and Dutch Harbor. From Dutch Harbor the crew flew the remaining 380 miles to rendezvous with the Borca.

Chief Petty Officer Marshalena Delaney said the helicopter reached the ship at 2:10 p.m. a few miles from Adak and hoisted the injured crew members off. The helicopter landed in Adak one hour later and the men were flown by commercial medical aircraft to Anchorage.

Delaney said the incident would not be investigated by the Coast Guard because it was on foreign ship in international waters.

The body of the dead crewman was to remain aboard the Borca for the remainder of the vessel's transit home.

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