Thursday, the Coast Guard airlifted an injured crewman from the F/V America’s Finest. The crewman sustained major injuries to his foot requiring emergency medical attention. The injured fisherman was transported to Dutch Harbor where a life flight took him onto Anchorage for treatment. The incident happened 20 miles west of St. George Island, 92 miles northwest of Dutch Harbor. Weather conditions near the scene were reported to be winds of 30 mph gusting to 40, with 15 foot seas.
The America’s Finest is a 260-foot long state of the art fish processing vessel. The vessel finished construction in 2019 and carries 50 crewmen. The America’s Finest fishes H & G flatfish, cod and pollock. The vessel is owned and operated by Fisherman’s Finest with an office based in Kirkland, Washington.
The facts and circumstances relating to the cause of the recent injury are unknown at this time. Injured crewmen working aboard Alaska fishing boats are protected by Federal Maritime Law. The maritime law offices of Trueb & Beard, LLC represent injured fishermen obtaining compensation for their injuries working at sea.