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Air Station Kodiak aircrew rescues injured hunter on Kodiak Island, Alaska

An Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter aircrew in search and rescue training.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. Jeff Mistrick (archive)

KODIAK, Alaska – A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew medevaced two men, one of which was reported injured, from Middle Sister Mountain on Kodiak Island, Alaska, Friday.​

Both men were transferred to awaiting emergency medical services in Kodiak and were reported to have been stable upon transfer.​

Early Friday Morning, Air Station Kodiak operations personnel received notification from Kodiak Police Department personnel of an injured hunter on Middle Sister Mountain in need of a medical evacuation due to the nature of a leg injury. An Air Station Kodiak Jayhawk aircrew was launched in response.​

«We were fortunate that the hunters thought ahead to re-locate to a suitable hoisting area and had flashlights so we could easily make them out from a distance,» said Lt. Joe Chevalier, an Air Station Kodiak pilot. «Our crew was able to quickly respond and put into action the rescue procedures that we so often practice.»

On-scene weather was 7-mph winds, 10 miles visibility, with an air temperature of 46 degrees and an elevation of 1,035 ft.​


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