Coast Guard conducts medevac from Akutan to Cold Bay

ANCHORAGE, Alaska- A Kodiak-based Coast Guard HH-65 Dolphin helicopter and crew deployed aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Munro medevaced a 61-year-old male who was reportedly suffering from respiratory problems at Akutan Medical Clinic 25 miles east of Dutch Harbor at 10:27 p.m. Monday.

Terry Cook was reported to be swelling in the mouth and throat and when his his condition started to degrade the local clinic requested a non-maritime medevac from the Coast Guard to get Cook to advanced medical care by transporting him to Cold Bay and further medevacing him to Anchorage aboard an awaiting commercial medical flight service.

The helicopter crew launched from the Munro at 10:05 p.m. and arrived to pick up Cook and his attending physician’s assistant at 10:27 p.m. The crew transported Cook to Cold Bay and the awaiting medical flight service arriving safely at 2:25 a.m.

Less than a week ago, the Munro and helicopter crew also rescued a 39-year-old Dutch Harbor man while fighting more than 45 mph winds from a cliff face on Unalaska Island 22-miles southwest of Dutch Harbor.

The helicopter crew and the cutter Munro are homeported in Kodiak. The Munro is on a routine patrol.

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