An 18 year old Alaska Fisherman suffered a hand injury while working aboard the Pacific Harvester. The vessel was fishing in Prince William Sound. The captain of the Pacific Harvester contacted the Coast Guard for emergency medical evacuation of the crewman. A Coast Guard launch from Valdez with a trauma technician on board transported the injured fisherman to the pier in Valdez. The fact and circumstances of how the crewman was injured is unknown at this time.
Crewman safety aboard fishing vessel is a priority. In almost all cases following proper safety procedures and having seaworthy equipment can prevent injury accidents from occurring. The Jones Act and Federal Maritime Law provide protection and benefits to crewman injured while working aboard commercial fishing vessels in Alaska.