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Coast Guard medevac passenger near Sitka, Alaska

Coast Guard medevac passenger near Sitka, Alaska
Archive image: The U.S. Coast Guard participates in an event to help educate the community on outdoor safety and survival.
U.S. Coast Guard Station Juneau, Air Station Sitka and local Coast Guard Auxiliary volunteers were on hand to give tours and answer boating safety questions.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Walter Shinn.

JUNEAU, Alaska – A Coast Guard Air Station Sitka MH-60T Jayhawk aircrew medevac an 85-year-old male passenger approximately 40 nautical miles West of Sitka, Alaska, Thursday.

The Sikorsky MH-60 Jayhawk Medium-Range Recovery Helicopter (MRR) aircrew arrived on scene at approximately 8:23 p.m., deployed the rescue swimmer, hoisted the patient from the motor vessel Viking Orion, and transported him to awaiting emergency medical services (EMS) personnel awaiting at U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Sitka for further medical care.

U.S. Coast Guard Sector Juneau watchstanders received a report at approximately 6:17 p.m. from the Viking Orion crew that a passenger aboard the vessel suffered symptoms of a stroke.​

Weather on scene showed 12-14 knot winds with an air temperature of 47 degrees and a water temperature of 48 degrees.​

Coast Guard medevac passenger near Sitka, Alaska
Archive image: Two Coast Guard Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter aircrews fly in formation to provide an air salute to healthcare personnel working through the COVID-19 pandemic, Sitka, Alaska, May 15, 2020.
As COVID-19 concerns have altered most daily operations, Coast Guard Alaska-based units have adapted and overcome challenges to maintain full mission readiness throughout the last frontier.
U.S. Coast Guard courtesy photo by Don Kluting.

“The quick response in this case displays the dedication and readiness of our aircrews from Coast Guard Air Station Sitka,” said Lt. Preston Strobel, U.S. Coast Guard Sector Juneau command duty officer. “The patient was safely taken to further medical care.”


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