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Coast​ Guard medevac man 50 nm of Cold Bay, Alaska

Coast​ Guard medevac man 50 nm of Cold Bay, Alaska
Archive image: A MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew deployed on the Cutter Alex Haley lands on deck during helicopter flight operations in the Chukchi Sea.
The Coast Guard Cutter and helicopter crews are deployed to the Arctic Ocean in support of Operation Arctic Shield.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Shawn Eggert.

JUNEAU, Alaska — A Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin aircrew medevac a man from a fish processing vessel approximately 50 miles north of Cold Bay Monday.

A Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin Short-Range Recovery Helicopter aircrew deployed aboard Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley hoisted the 62-year-old man from the 254-foot fish processor, Phoenix, at 3:10 p.m. The patient was flown to​ Cold Bay and placed in the care of an air ambulance crew.​

Watchstanders in the 17th Coast Guard District command center in Juneau received the initial medevac request from Phoenix at 10:41 a.m. Monday. The master reported that a crew member was experiencing stroke-like symptoms.​

Command center personnel directed the launch of the MH-65 Dolphin crew while Phoenix made way toward Cold Bay.​

“It’s been a busy few days for the Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley crew and their embarked helicopter aircrew,” said Master Chief Petty Officer Christopher Cole of the command center. “They had two medevacs in four days and were essential in getting these individuals to a higher level of care.”​

Weather at the time of the hoist included​ 35 mph winds gusting to 40 mph, 10-foot seas and 7 mile visibility.


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