A crewmember from the Tongue Point-based U. S. Coast Guard cutter Fir was medivaced Monday afternoon near Willapa Bay after he was injured while working aboard the cutter.

An HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Astoria launched at about 3:45 p.m., after being notified that Seaman Eric Rommelfanger was in need of medical attention.

The Jayhawk arrived and hoisted the crewman from the vessel with the assistance of a rescue swimmer.

He was then transferred to an ambulance that took him to Columbia Memorial Hospital in Astoria for further medical treatment.

The Coast Guard also towed a Canadian fishing vessel into Ilwaco, Wash., after it ran aground at the A Jetty Tuesday night.

The master of the vessel, Lawrence Teague of Shawnigan Lake, British Columbia, was rigging his deck when he drifted onto the rocks.

A 47-foot motor lifeboat from Cape Disappointment towed the 45-foot Nootka Lady to safety. An HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Air Station Astoria provided some light for the operation.

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