BRITISH COLUMBIA

Fisherman safely rescued from vessel off B.C. after medical emergency at sea

08/23/2013 12:25 EDT | Updated 10/23/2013 05:12 EDT
COMOX, B.C. - A fisherman has been transported to hospital after a medical emergency at sea prompted the air force to stage a medevac.

Search-and-rescue officials received a call on Thursday morning about a fisherman who had seriously injured his hand while working aboard a 22-metre commercial fishing vessel.

The ship was about 90 nautical miles northwest of Port Hardy in Queen Charlotte Sound.

The Royal Canadian Air Force sent a Cormorant search-and-rescue helicopter and a Buffalo plane, which flew through good weather to reach the scene.

A news release says three search-and-rescue technicians hoisted down to the boat to retrieve the fisherman, who was flown to Port Hardy and then transferred to a plane to be flown to Victoria.

The fisherman was taken to hospital in Victoria, though his condition isn't known.