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Coast Guard MH-65 aircrew medevac​ fisherman near Cordova, Alaska

Coast Guard MH-65 aircrew medevac​ fisherman near Cordova, Alaska
Archive image: Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter pilot Lt. Michael Ross and Petty Officer 2nd Class Darin Yackeschi, an aviation maintenance technician, prepare for takeoff from Air Station Kodiak, Alaska, to participate in a familiarization flight of the region.
Coast Guard crews conduct FAM flights to assure that pilots and crew are ready to navigate the challenging terrain when necessary in difficult weather conditions and low visibility extremes during search and rescue and medevac operations.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Auxiliarist Tracey Mertens.

KODIAK, Alaska — A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-65 Dolphin aircrew performances a medevac (medical evacuation) of a 68-year-old fisherman from a fishing vessel near Cordova, Tuesday.

The rescue helicopter aircrew was deployed from Cordova (Forward Operating Location Cordova), Alaska.

The Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin Short-Range Recovery Helicopter (SRR) aircrew launched to assist safely hoisted and transported the fisherman to emergency medical services (EMS) in Cordova for further medical care.

On Monday at 9:38 p.m., personnel at the U.S. Coast Guard Sector Anchorage Command Center received a request for assistance from the crewmember’s wife, who reported that her husband had suddenly stopped texting her after stating he was ‘in trouble’ due to lack of oxygen on board the vessel.

Coast Guard personnel made multiple attempts to communicate with the vessel but were unsuccessful in establishing contact.

The MH-65 Dolphin rescue helicopter aircrew arrived on scene at midnight and found the crewmember was having trouble breathing and had no access to oxygen.

Communications on scene were reportedly found to be severely degraded.

Weather on scene showed 10-12 knot winds with an air temperature of 43 degrees and a water temperature of 47 degrees.​


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