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The Today File

Your guide to the latest news from around the Northwest

January 9, 2014 at 11:47 AM

Coast Guard evacuates two men from ship near Alaska Peninsula

The Associated Press

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Two men aboard a Hong Kong-flagged ship located near the tip of the Alaska Peninsula, close to the Aleutian Islands, have been flown to a Seattle hospital for treatment of severe burns.

The Coast Guard says in a statement that the two were injured Tuesday when working on the boiler system of the Astoria Bay, a 609-foot bulk carrier.

Coast Guard officials instructed the crew to sail toward Dutch Harbor and monitor their conditions.

When those conditions worsened Wednesday night, the Coast Guard dispatched a medevac helicopter.

The crew members were picked up about 210 miles southwest of Cold Bay and taken to the local clinic. From there, they were transported to the Seattle Burn Center.

The Astoria Bay was en route from Port Angeles, to Tianjin, China.

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