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Coast Guard rescue man with assistance from good Samaritans, Sitka

Coast Guard rescue man with assistance from good Samaritans
Archive image: A Coast Guard Air Station Sitka MH-60T Jayhawk helicopter aircrew prepares to hoist approximately 1,300 feet of oil containment boom using cargo nets in Juneau, Alaska, June 26, 2018.
The hoist was part of an effort to test and deploy oil containment boom across Echo Cove and Cowee Creek, Alaska, as part of a Geographic Response Strategy listed in the Southeast Alaska Area Contingency Plan.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Jon-Paul Rios.

JUNEAU, Alaska – The Coast Guard rescue (medevac) a 68-year-old man from the fishing vessel Beaufort Sea in West Crawfish Inlet, approximately 16 nautical miles south of Sitka, with assistance from good Samaritans, Thursday.

A Coast Guard Air Station Sitka MH-60T Jayhawk Medium-Range Recovery Helicopter aircrew hoisted the man from the good Samaritan vessel at 3 p.m. and transported him to awaiting EMS at Air Station Sitka.

Coast Guard Sector Juneau watchstanders received a report from the fishing vessel Minke crew at approximately 1:25 p.m. that the captain of a nearby fishing vessel, Lady Cyprus, was experiencing heart complications. The Minke crew provided communications between the Coast Guard and the Lady Cyprus crew due to limited radio capabilities.

The Coast Guard medevac a 68-year-old man from the fishing vessel Beaufort Sea in West Crawfish Inlet, approximately 16 nautical miles south of Sitka, Alaska, with assistance from good Samaritans, August 19, 2021.
The good Samaritan fishing vessel Minke crew provided communications between the Coast Guard and the fishing vessel Lady Cyprus crew due to limited radio capabilities.
The man was transferred from the Lady Cyprus to the larger deck of the good Samaritan fishing vessel Beaufort Sea where there was easier access for the Coast Guard rescue swimmer to conduct the hoist.
U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Sitka by Petty Officer 3rd Class Alexandria Preston.

The man was transferred from the Lady Cyprus to the larger deck of the Beaufort Sea where there was easier access for the Coast Guard rescue swimmer to conduct the hoist.​

“The good Samaritans in the area were critical to the timely recovery of the patient,” said Lt. John Orthman, Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk pilot. “They provided on-scene support and communication relays with Sector Juneau.”

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