Thursday, May 8, 2014
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KEY WEST
Ship mate medevaced

A 28-year-old mate aboard the 797-foot SKS Tana cargo ship was airlifted to Ryder Trauma Center at 10 p.m. Tuesday after being shocked in the face while working on a electric switchboard, according to the Coast Guard.

The ship was 103 miles west of Key West when the incident occurred.

The mate suffered a reported 440-volt shock to his face when the switchboard short-circuited, said Lt. Peter Bermont.

He was airlifted aboard a MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater. A boat crew from Coast Guard Station Key West also responded.