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Coast Guard medevac boy from cabin on Afognak Island

Coast Guard medevac boy from cabin on Afognak Island
Archive image: An aircrew aboard an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter makes an approach on their return to Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak, Alaska.
Coast Guard personnel assigned to Air Station Kodiak support and operate the Jayhawks, MH-65 Dolphin helicopters and HC-130 Hercules fixed-wing aircraft using an airfield that is shared with the Kodiak Airport.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Bradley Pigage.

KODIAK, Alaska –​ A Coast Guard MH-60T Jayhawk crew medevac a 14-year-old boy from a cabin on Afognak Island near Graveyard Point, Friday.

A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak aircrew aboard an MH-60T Jayhawk Medium-Range Recovery Helicopter arrived on scene and safely transported the boy and his father to awaiting Emergency Medical Services (EMS) personnel in Kodiak.

At approximately 1:53 a.m., The Coast Guard Sector Anchorage watchstanders received a request for medical evacuation after a father found his 14-year-old and 10-year-old sons both sitting unconscious in their family’s off-road, enclosed cabin vehicle.

The father suspected carbon monoxide poisoning due to an exhaust leak on the vehicle and a heavy smell of fumes inside the vehicle. The father brought the boys back to their cabin and both regained consciousness, but the father expressed concern that the older son appeared to be suffering from lasting effects of the poisoning.

No medical personnel or clinics are present on Afognak Island and a medical evacuation was requested to further assess the young man’s condition.

The Coast Guard MH-60T Jayhawk rescue helicopter crew performed the medevac of the 14-years-old boy and returned back to Air Station Kodiak, where they were prepared to take off again for attend any other emergency mission.


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