Boxship crewman airlifted after fall near Bay Area

The following is text of a news release from the U.S. Coast Guard:

(SAN FRANCISCO) — The Coast Guard medevaced a 32-year-old Taiwanese national approximately six miles from San Francisco Bay on Friday evening.

San Francisco Vessel Traffic Service personnel contacted Coast Guard Sector San Francisco watch standers, reporting a crewmember of Yang Ming Unanimity, a 1,092-foot containership, had fallen and struck his head on the ship’s radar mast, creating a laceration on his forehead as the ship was making its way toward its next port call in Japan.

Sector San Francisco watch standers 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 containership 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.

By Professional Mariner Staff