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Medical evacuation by Navy after fisherman loses fingers

Ensenada, Baja California — A distress call from a fishing vessel led to the rescue of an injured fisherman off the coast of Baja California.

La Secretaría de Marina-Armada de México (Semar) says that the Coast Guard of the Secretary of the Navy rescued a fisherman who was injured at sea in Ensenada, Baja California.

The base received a distress call of a fisherman who suffered three severed fingers after an accident when maneuvering a support vessel, requiring a medical evacuation.

A Panther helicopter, equipped with an extraction winch, was sent to rescue the fisherman who manned the shrimp vessel Don Antonio Pérez XII.

Navy personnel located the boat in the Santa María Bay of San Quintín, 149 nautcal miles (275 kilometers) from Ensenada. Once on the aircraft, the man’s right hand was bandaged by medical personnel while he was transferred to the Second Naval Region and from there to local hospital.