Coast Guardsman dies of injuries sustained during rescue

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Petty Officer Third Class Travis Obendorf died in a Seattle hospital Dec. 18 as a result of injuries he sustained during search and rescue operations near Amak Island, Alaska, Nov. 11, while serving aboard Coast Guard Cutter Waesche.

At the time of his injury, Waesche personnel were conducting small boat operations to assist the disabled fishing vessel Alaska Mist with 22 mariners aboard.

During the first transfer of passengers, Obendorf was injured while recovering the small boat.

The Coast Guard is investigating the incident.

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