The Coast Guard says one of its officers who was injured last month while rescuing crew members from a disabled fishing vessel off Alaska has died of his injuries.
In a statement, the Coast Guard said Petty Officer Third Class Travis Obendorf died Wednesday at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle.
The 166-foot Alaska Mist suffered a mechanical failure and was adrift north of Amak Island off the Alaska Peninsula. Obendorf’s cutter, the Waesche responded, evacuated non-essential members of the 22-person crew, then took the Mist under tow to Dutch Harbor.
The Coast Guard says Obendorf was injured Nov. 11 during the first passenger transfer while recovering a small boat. He was flown to Anchorage and transferred to the Seattle hospital on Dec. 6.
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His cutter’s commanding officer, Capt. John McKinley, said Obendorf’s willingness to help others “even amidst the dangerous environment of the Bering Sea,” embodies the Coast Guard’s core values.