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Coast Guard medevac injured fisherman near Esther Island, Alaska

Coast Guard medevac injured fisherman near Esther Island, Alaska
Archive image: KODIAK, Alaska – Kodiak Island Search and Rescue volunteers trains with an MH-65 Dolphin Short-Range Recovery Helicopter (SRR) aircrew on Kodiak Island so the volunteers are familiar with the helicopter and hoisting operations.
KISAR is a local organization who trains volunteers in for search and rescue and also utilizes dog teams during some rescue cases.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Charly Hengen.

KODIAK, Alaska — A U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-65 Dolphin aircrew, forward deployed to Cordova, medevac (medical evacuation) an injured crewmember from the fishing vessel Silver Storm near Esther Island, Thursday.

The MH-65 Dolphin Short-Range Recovery Helicopter aircrew arrived on the scene, deployed the rescue swimmer, safely hoisted the fishing vessel crewmember and headed to land to transport and transfer the patient to emergency medical personel awaiting at Providence Hospital in Anchorage to receive higher medical care.

At 6:36 p.m., U.S. Coast Guard Sector Anchorage Command Center watchstanders received a relay from crewmembers aboard the vessel Nordic Lady requesting medical assistance for a 60-year-old male crewmember aboard the fishing vessel Silver Storm, who reportedly suffered from head trauma and required further medical attention.

After the crewmember was injured, the vessel Silver Storm crew set anchor and administered first aid, but called for assistance when they were unable to control the bleeding.

The U.S. Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin SRR helicopter aircrew departed Cordova at 7 p.m. and hoisted the individual near Esther Lake, in Esther Island.

The patient was reportedly in good condition when he was transferred to the Anchorage Providence Hospital emergency medical services (EMS) personnel.


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