Coast Guard aircrew medevacs teen off La Push beach

Air Station Port Angeles MH-65 Dolphin helicopter file photo

Air Station Port Angeles MH-65 Dolphin helicopter file photo

SEATTLE — A Coast Guard aircrew hoisted a teenager off of Third Beach near La Push, Washington, Sunday morning.

The MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Port Angeles safely hoisted the 17-year-old and transported him to local emergency medical service personnel waiting in Forks.

At approximately 2 a.m., watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound received a request for assistance from the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center (AFRCC), an agency that operates 24/7 and is responsible for coordinating land-based federal search and rescue activities.

Friends of the teen contacted the Olympic National Park Rangers, reporting that he was suffering from abdominal pain and was shaking, sweating, nauseous and unable to communicate.

The park rangers contacted the AFRCC to request assistance with transporting the patient due to challenging terrain.

The Coast Guard aircrew arrived on scene at 5:05 a.m. and safely transferred the boy to local EMS.

The condition of the patient was reported as stable at the time of the transfer.

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