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Coast Guard medevac woman from cruise ship 45 nm from Sitka, Alaska

Coast Guard medevac woman from cruise ship 45 nm from Sitka, Alaska
Archive image: A Coast Guard Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter after the crew landed at Cape Decision Lighthouse, in Cape Decision, Alaska, July 21, 2021.
Coast Guard crews in Alaska often have to work in remote locations, like the Cape Decision Lighthouse, to conduct their missions.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Lexie Preston.

KODIAK, Alaska – A Coast Guard Air Station Sitka MH-60T Jayhawk helicopter aircrew medevac a woman Wednesday from a cruise ship in Chatham Strait, near Sitka.

The Medium-Range Recovery Helicopter aircrew retrieved the woman at approximately 10 a.m. and transferred her to Sitka, for further transport to a higher level of care.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Juneau Command Center received the request for a medevac from the cruise ship Celebrity Millennium at approximately 8 a.m. for a 55-year-old passenger who was suffering from chest pain.​

The Watchstanders directed the launch of the MH-60T Jayhawk rescue helicopter aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Sitka.

«Good communication with the cruise ship and the MH-60 Jayhawk aircrew, ensured proper coordination for the medevac,» said Petty Officer 1st Class Jared Buchmiller, a Coast Guard Sector Juneau command center watchstander. «We were able to conduct the medevac efficiently so the patient could receive a​ higher level of medical care.»​

A Coast Guard Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter aircrew medevacs a woman from a cruise ship in Chatham Strait, Alaska, Sept.1, 2021.
The cruise ship Celebrity Millennium requested a medevac and transport to a higher level of care for a 55-year-old passenger who was suffering from chest pain.
U.S. Coast Guard video by Coast Guard Air Station Sitka.

On-scene weather at the time of the rescue was an air temperature of 54 degrees, 10 mph winds, and visibility of about 10 miles.

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