On Sunday, February 21, 2021, an injured fisherman required medical evacuation from the Alaska Ocean. The 45 year old crewman suffered a crushed arm. No details about the injury are currently available. The Alaska Ocean is the largest catcher processor in the Bering Sea carrying a crew of 135 seamen.
When injured, deckhands and fish processors aboard factory trawlers are entitled to benefits under Federal Maritime Law. The vessel must pay for all reasonable and necessary medical treatment and provide a daily living allowance while the crewman is recovering from his/her injuries.
The Jones Act provides compensation for crewman who are injured as a result of negligence and unseaworthiness. Compensation under the Jones Act includes compensation for pain and suffering, disability, and past and future wage loss. Crewmen injured by even slight negligence are entitled to recover under the Jones Act.