Coast Guard aircrews based in Kodiak, Alaska, flew 1,800 miles to conduct a successful medical evacuation of Aung Bo Bo Htay, an injured oiler on the BK CHAMP, a 580-foot South Korean bulk carrier. Htay, a Burmese national, seriously injured his hand in the vessel’s engine room. The Coast Guard District 17 command center received a phone call from the BK CHAMP reporting Htay’s injury and requesting a medevac.
The Coast Guard launched two Kodiak-based helicopters, which were forced to rest overnight in Dutch Harbor because of the great distance between Kodiak and Adak. One of the helicopters successfully gathered Htay and transferred him to emergency medical services in Adak; soon after he was transported to Anchorage for further treatment.
Though Htay suffered a serious hand injury as a result of the accident in the engine room, he is in good health otherwise. The lawyers at Beard Stacey & Jacobsen, LLP have handled various maritime personal injury cases of all sorts, including hand injuries very similar to Htay’s in this article. If you have a question about this article or any maritime injury, feel free to call one of the lawyers at Beard Stacey & Jacobsen, LLP.