The Coast Guard is investigating a rescue mission that went horribly wrong for Petty Officer Third Class Travis Obendorf.
PO3 Obendorf died Wednesday, Dec. 18, at Seattle’s Swedish Hospital from injuries sustained Nov. 11, when he and his rescue team were assisting the disabled fishing vessel, Alaska Mist, near Amak Island.
Amak is an uninhabited island in the Aleutian Chain off the tip of the Alaska Peninsula.
The Alaska Mist had 22 crew members onboard the small boat that day. It was during the transfer of the crew to Coast Guard Cutter Waesche that PO3 Obendorf was grievously injured.
He was immediately transported to Cold Bay where a commercial medevac team transported him to Anchorage.
On Dec. 6, his family and his team of physicians made the decision to fly Obendorf to the renowned Swedish Hospital in Seattle.
On Wednesday, PO3 Obendorf died following surgery. He was surrounded by family at the time of his death.
The Coast Guard has not released a statement regarding the size of the Alaska Mist in relationship to her crew, nor if the crew had access to life-saving equipment that day.
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