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Coast Guard helicopter medevac fisherman near Saint Paul, Alaska

Coast Guard helicopter medevac fisherman near Saint Paul, Alaska
Archive image: A Coast Guard Cutter Healy (WAGB-20) tie down crew prepares to secure an Air Station Kodiak MH-60T Jayhawk helicopter to the deck of the Healy near Kodiak Island, Alaska.
The helicopter crew conducted deck landing qualification training that allows aircrews to be deployed with the cutter.
U.S. Coast Guard photo.

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Coast Guard MH-60T helicopter and HC-130 aircraft crews medevac an injured fisherman Monday from a fishing vessel near Saint Paul, Alaska.

A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60T Jayhawk Medium-Range Recovery Helicopter aircrew launched out of Forward Operating Location Cold Bay and hoisted the man from the 169-foot fishing vessel Constellation at about 9:30 a.m., just outside St. Paul Harbor. The Coast Guard placed the man in the care of St. Paul Health Center staff, who later transferred him to a Guardian Flight aircraft crew that flew him to Anchorage for further care.

Watchstanders in the Coast Guard 17th District command center in Juneau received the initial request for the medevac from Guardian’s master at 7:44 p.m. Sunday, stating the crew member had sustained a serious injury to his arm after a hatch closed on it. On scene conditions at the time of the initial request included 44-mph wind gusts and 10-foot seas.

The Coast Guard determined the medevac (medical evacuation) was necessary and made plans to launch the helicopter crew out of Cold Bay, along with a HC-130J Super Hercules aircraft crew out of Kodiak to provide support.

“We have an aircrew operating out of Cold Bay this time of year specifically for situations like this,” said Chief Petty Officer Bobbi East, 17th District command duty officer for the case. “Thanks to the cooperation among various Coast Guard crews from Air Station Kodiak and the 17th District, along with the crew aboard Constellation, the staff at St. Paul Health Center, and the Guardian Flight aircrew, this man will receive the medical care he needs in Anchorage.”


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