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Coast Guard helicopter crew medevac injured hiker near Grays Harbor, WA

Coast Guard helicopter crew medevac injured hiker near Grays Harbor, WA
Archive image: Astoria, Ore. – An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter aircrew from Air Station Astoria, Oregon, performs a search and rescue (SAR) demonstration on the Columbia River in Astoria.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Nate Littlejohn.

ASTORIA, Ore. — A Coast Guard MH-60T Jayhawk aircrew from Sector Columbia River, Air Station Astoria, medevac an injured hiker Monday evening from the south jetty of Grays Harbor, Washington.

The hiker reportedly suffered a broken leg and was transported to Grays Harbor Community Hospital for higher medical care.

At 5:28 p.m., watchstanders at Sector Columbia River received a report from Grays Harbor dispatch of a male hiker injured out on the jetty rocks.

Local police reported that paramedics had hiked out to the patient to provide first aid. They requested a helicopter medevac due to the slippery rocks and dangerous nature of waves crashing around them.

A Coast Guard aircrew aboard an MH-60T Jayhawk helicopter from Sector Columbia River airlifts an injured hiker off the south jetty at Grays Harbor, Washington, Monday, March 15, 2021. The hiker reportedly suffered a broken leg and was treated by Coast Guard Station Grays Harbor ground crews and Westport Fire & Rescue before being transported to emergency medical service technicians awaiting at Bowerman Airport in Hoquiam, Washington.
U.S. Coast Guard Sector Columbia River video.

The MH-60T Jayhawk rescue helicopter aircrew launched at 6:15 p.m. and arrived on scene at 6:42 p.m. The aircrew hoisted the patient and a paramedic from the jetty and transported them to emergency medical service (EMS) technicians waiting at Bowerman Airport in Hoquiam.

“Quick actions taken by Coast Guard Station Grays Harbor, ground crew and Westport Fire and Rescue to stabilize the patient prevented further injury and possible hypothermia,” said​ Lt. Jake Mullins, MH-60T Jayhawk pilot. “People venturing out onto coastal jetties should exercise extreme caution, to include checking for high-surf advisories and always wearing a life jacket.”

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