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Coast Guard medevac mariner 92 nm of Dutch Harbor

Coast Guard medevac mariner 92 nm of Dutch Harbor
Archive image: The Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley helicopter tie-down crew secures a Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter to the cutter’s flight deck during training operations in the Gulf of Alaska.
The USCGC Alex Haley crew conducted take-offs and landings with the Air Station Kodiak helicopter crew to maintain proficiency in skills required for search and rescue and law enforcement.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Dale Arnould.

JUNEAU, Alaska —​ The Coast Guard medevac mariner from a fish processing vessel approximately 92 nautical miles northwest of Dutch Harbor Thursday.

A Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin Short-Range Recovery Helicopter aircrew deployed aboard Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley was launched to medevac the mariner from the vessel approximately 92 nm of Dutch Harbor, the aicrew deployed the rescue swimmer and hoisted the injured man from the 262-foot fish processor America’s Finest at 12:52 p.m. The patient was flown to Dutch Harbor and placed in the care of LifeMed Alaska personnel.

Watchstanders in the 17th Coast Guard District command center in Juneau received the initial medevac request from America’s Finest at 2:30 a.m. Thursday. The master reported a crew member had sustained serious injuries to his foot 20 miles west of St. George Island.

Command center personnel directed the launch of the MH-65 Dolphin rescue helicopter crew while America’s Finest made way toward Dutch Harbor. A Coast Guard HC-130 Hercules airplane crew also launched from Air Station Kodiak to provide support.

The Coast Guard medevac a man from a fish processing vessel approximately 92 nautical miles North West of Dutch Harbor March 17, 2022.
A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew deployed aboard U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley hoisted the injured man from 262-foot fish processor America’s Finest at 12:52 p.m.
The patient was flown to Dutch Harbor and placed in the care of LifeMed Alaska personnel.
U.S. Coast Guard video.
U.S. Coast Guard Alaska.
Department of Homeland Security.

“So many people contributed to the success of this case,” said Petty Officer First Class Jeffrey Dickey, a watchstander at the 17th District command center. “Thanks to the communication and continuous cooperation between America’s Finest, USCGC Alex Haley, command center personnel and the aircrews we were able to get this individual to a higher level of care.”​

Weather at the time of the hoist included​ 30 mph winds gusting to 40 mph and 15 foot seas, with heavy freezing spray.

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