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Infant, mariner medevaced from King Cove

By Hope Miller 3:06 PM March 12, 2014

The infant was suffering respiratory distress and the mariner was injured after a crab pot fell on him.

ANCHORAGE - The U.S. Coast Guard medevaced an infant and a mariner from King Cove to Cold Bay Tuesday morning, authorities said.

The infant, who was suffering respiratory distress, was transported first along with his mother, said Petty Officer 3rd Class Grant DeVuyst.

A Coast Guard crew then returned to medevac the mariner, who sustained multiple fractures and dislocations after a 600- to 800-pound crab pot fell on him, pinning him for an hour, said Vincent Pernio, a physician assistant certified at the King Cove clinic.

The mariner was injured Monday evening aboard a fishing vessel near Sanak Island and King Cove was the nearest accessible port with a clinic, DeVuyst said.

It took more than six hours for him to be transported to the clinic, Pernio said. Because of rough weather conditions, the mariner’s pain was treated at the clinic until transporting him via medevac was deemed safe.

The infant and the mariner were taken from Cold Bay to Anchorage by commercial services.

Advocates of a one-lane road from King Cove to Cold Bay say it will provide access to life-saving care for residents living in King Cove.

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell rejected a proposed land swap with the state to build the road that would go through Izembek National Wildlife Refuge.

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