KODIAK, Alaska — A Coast Guard MH-60T Jayhawk aircrew rescue three people after their raft ran aground in the Copper River near Cordova, Alaska, Wednesday 24 August morning.
A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60T Jayhawk Medium-Range Recovery Helicopter (MRR) aircrew hoisted and transported the three mariners from the Copper River to awaiting emergency medical services (EMS) personnel in Cordova.
Coast Guard Sector Anchorage command center watchstanders received the medevac (medical evacuation) request from a good Samaritan at approximately 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, reporting that three people ran aground in their 14-foot raft and were unable to get to shore.
The MH-60 Jayhawk rescue helicopter aircrew arrived on scene at 12:24 a.m. to conduct the hoist.
The mariners were transferred to Cordova Volunteer Fire Department Emergency Medical Service personnel, who then transported them to the Cordova Community Medical Center to receive a higher level of care.
“The bystander’s quick call for the three people in distress was crucial in the success of this rescue operation,” said Lt. j.g. Jacob Evertt, Sector Anchorage command duty officer. “Local emergency operators and U.S. Coast Guard Sector Anchorage personnel worked together efficiently allowing Air Station Kodiak to launch quickly to rescue the three people.”
All three people were reported in stable condition.
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