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Coast Guard rescue fisherman 130 nautical miles from Cold Bay, Alaska

Archive image: Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter pilot Lt. Cmdr. George Cottrell takes off with a crew from Air Station Kodiak to participate in a hoist demonstration in Womens Bay, Alaska, July 25, 2013.
Crews at Air Station Kodiak train regularly with Coast Guard boat crews to prepare for deployment into some of the most challenging environmental conditions in the world.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Auxiliarist Tracey Mertens.

JUNEAU, Alaska — A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter aircrew, forward-deployed to Cold Bay, rescue (medevac) a fisherman Thursday from the fishing vessel Alaska Victory, approximately 130 nautical miles north of Cold Bay.

The Coast Guard Jayhawk helicopter aircrew safely transported the adult male to Cold Bay, where they conducted a wing-to-wing transfer with a LifeMed crew, who then transported him to further care.​

Coast Guard Sector Anchorage Command Center watchstanders received a report from the Alaska Victory crew, at approximately 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, reporting the man was suffering from respiratory distress.

Coast Guard rescue fisherman 130 nautical miles from Cold Bay, Alaska
Archive image: Petty Officer 3rd Class Ricky Ahner, Jr., an avionics electrical technician (AET), conducts a final system check in preparation for a training flight from Air Station Kodiak, Alaska, July 25, 2014.
The job of an AET is to inspect, service, maintain, troubleshoot, and repair avionics systems that perform communications, navigation, collision avoidance, target acquisition, and automatic flight-control functions, in addition to filling aircrew positions such as navigator, flight mechanic, radio operator, sensor systems operator, and basic aircrewman.
U.S. Coast Guard photos by Auxiliarist Tracey Mertens.

The MH-60T Jayhawk Medium-Range Recovery Helicopter aircrew arrived on scene at approximately 3:30 a.m., Thursday morning, and hoisted the patient for transport.​

“Good communication with the fishing vessel Alaska Victory, the rescue helicopter aircrew, and command center personnel, we were able to conduct the medevac efficiently so the patient could receive a​ higher level of medical care,»​ said Lt. Joseph Wineke, 17th Coast Guard District command duty officer.


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