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Coast Guard MH-60T crew medevac boy offshore Kotzebue, Alaska​

Coast Guard MH-60T crew medevac boy offshore Kotzebue, Alaska​
Archive image: The aircrew of a Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk rescue helicopter work together to carry an injured woman to emergency medical services (EMS) personnel at the Kodiak Municipal Airport in Kodiak, Alaska.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Auxiliarist Tracey Mertens.

KODIAK, Alaska – A Coast Guard MH-60T Jayhawk aircrew medevac a boy after his vessel ran aground in Deering, approximately 60 nautical miles southwest of Kotzebue, Monday evening.

A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60T Jayhawk helicopter aircrew arrived on scene and landed near the vessel at 9:40 p.m., embarked the 15-year-old boy, and transported him to Kotzebue to awaiting Emergency Medical Services (EMS).

Watchstanders from Coast Guard 17th District received the initial report at 7:41 p.m. from North Slope Borough Search and Rescue requesting assistance for a satellite personal tracker alert message for a person in distress who suffered injuries to his hand 60 nautical miles southwest of Kotzebue.

The Coast Guard MH-60T Jayhawk Medium-Range Recovery Helicopter aircrew from Forward Operating Location Kotzebue (FOL Kotzebue) located the vessel at 9:19 p.m., followed the vessel to shore, landed and transported the boy to Kotzebue to awaiting EMS personnel.

“We are grateful that we were able to locate the patient in a timely manner and land safely to medevac him,” said Lt. Lindsay Wheeler, Coast Guard 17th District command duty officer.​ “The close coordination between our command center staff, the Air Station Kodiak aircrew and North Slope Borough Search and Rescue personnel ensured this mariner was able to obtain a higher level of medical treatment.”

The cause of the incident is under investigation.​

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