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A U.S. submarine sailor lost his right hand in an at-sea industrial accident in March, but the appendage was saved after the sailor was rushed to a surgical team in Spain that was able to reattach the hand, the Navy’s 6th Fleet confirmed Tuesday.
Command officials declined to identify the submarine involved or offer further details regarding the harrowing accident, but Spain’s Maritime Rescue agency posted a video of the sailor’s evacuation on YouTube and stated that the sailor was evacuated from the guided-missile submarine Georgia.
The accident occurred March 27 as the submarine steamed in 6th Fleet’s waters.
The article goes on to state the following:
He was treated by medical personnel onboard the boat, airlifted to a Spanish coast guard vessel and on to Hospital de Manises in Valencia, Spain, according to 6th Fleet.
It took 10 hours to get the sailor to the hospital, making the operation more complex because of blood flow issues, according to a report on ThinkSpain.com, a news and real estate site for expatriates in Spain.
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