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Coast Guard medevac woman from container ship off Washington coast

Coast Guard medevac woman from container ship off Washington coast
Archive image: an aviation survival technician deploys from an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter, from Sector Field Office Port Angeles, durring high-seas hoist training off the coast of La Push, Wash., Feb. 10, 2017.
Aircrews train eveyday to become more proficient in their craft.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Sector Field Officer Port Angeles.

SEATTLE​ — A Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew medevac a woman​ from a ship off Washington coast near Neah Bay Saturday afternoon, the patient experiencing breathing difficulty and temporary unconsciousness​.

Watchstanders​ at Coast Guard Sector​ Puget Sound​ command center received a call​ at 11:30 a.m. from the ship’s​ health insurance provider stating a 65-year-old woman​ aboard the vessel​ needed medical attention.

At the time, the​ 710-foot container ship, Matson Kodiak, was transiting westbound in the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

The command center​ diverted​ an MH-65​ Dolphin​ Short-Range Recovery Helicopter aircrew from​ Air Station SFO Port Angeles​ who was already airborne near Seattle.

At​ 1​ p.m., the rescue helicopter crew arrived on scene,​ deployed the rescue swimmer to assist,​ and safely hoisted the woman.​ The aircrew then​ proceeded​ en​ route to Olympic Medical Center in Port Angeles. She was transferred to​ higher medical care​ at 1:50 p.m.

The patient’s current medical condition is unknown.


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A U.S. Coast Guard aircrew from Air Station Port Angeles medevac a woman Jan. 30 2021, after she experienced breathing difficulty and temporary unconsciousness aboard a container ship off the Washington coast near Neah Bay.
The rescue crew aboard the MH-65 Dolphin brought the woman to a local hospital for higher medical care.
U.S. Coast Guard video by Petty Officer 2nd Class Steven Strohmaier.

The appearance of U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) visual information does not imply or constitute DoD endorsement.

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