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USCG medevac Navy Sailor 34 miles off Washington coast

MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Sector Field Office Port Angeles, USCG Medevac Navy Sailor
Archive image: an aviation survival technician deploys from an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter, from Sector Field Office Port Angeles, durring high-seas hoist training off the coast of La Push, Wash. The aircrews train eveyday to become more proficient in their craft.
U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Sector Field Officer Port Angeles.

SEATTLE — The USCG medevac a Sailor from the U.S. Navy destroyer USS Ralph Johnson Tuesday off the coast of Washington with an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew based from Air Station / SFO Port Angeles.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound received an initial request for medevac from crew members aboard the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Ralph Johnson (DDG 114) approximately 34 miles offshore at 10:31 a.m. A 22-year-old female Sailor aboard the ship reported experiencing chest pains and was being treated by naval medical personnel.

USCG Medevac U.S. Navy Sailor of the USS Ralph Johnson (DDG 114)
Archive image: Everett, Wash. (April 27, 2018) USS Ralph Johnson (DDG 114) pulls into Naval Station Everett (NSE), it’s first homeport. NSE’s mission is to provide a secure platform for Navy and Coast Guard forces, important mission capabilities, and quality of life for service members and their families.
U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jonathan Jiang.

A Coast Guard Air Station Port Angeles MH-65 Dolphin rescue helicopter crew rendezvoused with the destroyer at a coordinated location at approximately 3 a.m. The aircrew was unable to complete an initial hoist attempt due to hazardous weather conditions. The aircrew returned to Air Station Port Angeles to refuel.

The aircrew launched a second time at 5:34 a.m. and successfully hoisted the Sailor off the destroyer at 6:37 a.m. The patient was transported to awaiting medical personnel at Air Station Port Angeles before being taken to Olympic Medical Center for further treatment.

MH-65 Dolphin helicopters in the hangar at Coast Guard Air Station Port Angeles,
Archive image: two MH-65 Dolphin helicopters in the hangar at Coast Guard Air Station Port Angeles, Wash. The Dolphin is primarily a Short Range Recovery aircraft that is usually deployed from short, but can also be deployed from medium and high endurance cutters, as well as the Coast Guard icebreakers.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Amanda Norcross.


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