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Coast Guard evacuates 2 from bulk carrier

By Associated Press 10:47 AM January 9, 2014

The Coast Guard says in a statement that the two were injured Tuesday when working on the boiler system of the Astoria Bay, a 609-foot bulk carrier.

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – Two men aboard a Hong Kong-flagged ship located near the tip of the Alaska Peninsula, close to the Aleutian Islands, have been flown to a Seattle hospital for treatment of severe burns.

The Coast Guard says in a statement that the two were injured Tuesday when working on the boiler system of the Astoria Bay, a 609-foot bulk carrier.

Coast Guard officials instructed the crew to sail toward Dutch Harbor and monitor their conditions.

When those conditions worsened Wednesday night, the Coast Guard dispatched a medevac helicopter.

The crew members were picked up about 210 miles southwest of Cold Bay and taken to the local clinic. From there, they were transported to the Seattle Burn Center.

The Astoria Bay was en route from Port Angeles, Wash., to Tianjin, China.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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