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Coast Guard airlifts two injured Russians from tanker off San Diego

January 18, 2013 |  5:06 pm

Russians airlifted
Two injured Russian nationals were airlifted Friday by the U.S. Coast Guard from a tanker ship to San Diego for medical care.

The two crew members--ages 51 and 55--were injured when a cable split aboard the United Kingdom-flagged tanker Energy Conqueror. One suffered severe scrapes, head injuries and possible internal injuries; the other suffered leg injuries.

An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from the Coast Guard's San Diego station evacuated the two from the tanker 130 miles off the San Diego coast. The two were turned over to emergency medical personnel, the Coast Guard said.


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Photo: Coast Guard helicopter airlifts two crewmen from tanker. Credit: U.S. Coast Guard