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Coast Guard MH-60T aircrew rescue fisherman 57 nm off Westport, WA

Coast Guard MH-60T aircrew rescue fisherman 57 nm off Westport, WA
Archive image: Astoria, Oregon – A crew prepares to power down a new Coast Guard MH-60T Jayhawk helicopter after landing at Sector Columbia River, Ore., Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012.
This MH-60T is Sector Columbia River’s newest asset and features technical upgrades that will greatly enhance mission performance.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Nate Littlejohn.

GRAYS HARBOR, Wash.​ —​ A Coast Guard MH-60T Jayhawk aircrew rescue a man (medevac) who was experiencing distressed medical symptoms from a charter fishing vessel​ Thursday, approximately 57 nautical miles off Westport.

At 11:46 a.m., watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Columbia River received the initial distress call via VHF-FM radio on channel 16. The​ crew of the 51-foot vessel Ranger reported a 57-year-old male aboard​ the boat, Keith Hansen, was going in and out of consciousness and had a​ weak pulse and shallow breathing.

Sector Columbia River watchstanders issued an urgent marine information radio broadcast. The crew of​ the Coast Guard Cutter Sea​ Lion diverted from routine operations in the​ vicinity and an MH-60T Jayhawk MRR helicopter aircrew from Sector Columbia​ River, Air Station Astoria, was instructed to respond.

At approximately 1 p.m., the Cutter Sea Lion crew first arrived on scene and transferred responding Coast Guard personnel to the vessel Ranger. At​ 1:54 p.m., the MH-60T Jayhawk Medium-Range Recovery Helicopter aircrew hoisted Hansen and his​ son from the vessel with the assistance of the USCGC Sea Lion crew members.

A U.S. Coast Guard Sector Columbia River MH-60T Jayhawk helicopter aircrew medevac a charter fisherman experiencing distressed medical symptoms Thursday 57 miles off Westport.
Crew members of Coast Guard Cutter Sea Lion (WPB 87352) assisted in the rescue operation.
U.S. Coast Guard video by Petty Officer 3rd Class Michael Clark.

Hansen and his son were transported to awaiting medical personnel at Hoquiam Municipal Airport. They were transferred to the care of Grays Harbor Fire and Rescue at 2:28 p.m. before further transport to Harbor Regional Health Community​ Hospital in Aberdeen.

Hansen was in stable condition upon arrival ashore.

The Coast Guard encourages all mariners to have​ a VHF-FM marine-band radio on board to call for help​ in the event of an emergency.


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