Coast Guard conducts medevac in Bering Sea

KODIAK, Alaska — A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew medevaced a fisherman who was reportedly electrocuted and suffering from cardiac complications 172 miles northwest of Dillingham Friday.

The Jayhawk crew arrived on scene with the fishing vessel Cape Horn at 1:25 p.m., safely hoisted the 43-year-old crewmember and delivered him to emergency medical services in Dillingham at 3:10 p.m.

The crewmember reportedly received a shock of 480 volts while working on the electrical switchboard aboard the vessel. The Cape Horn is a 145-foot fishing vessel based in Seattle.

“In a medevac case like this, teamwork and training are crucial,” said Chief Petty Officer Nathan Fairchild, a watchstander with Coast Guard Communication Station Kodiak. “The remoteness, varying terrain and extreme weather conditions require our units to work together to safely complete our missions and assist those in need.”

Coast Guard Communication Station Kodiak watchstanders received a call from the Cape Horn crew at 5:27 a.m. requesting the medevac. The Coast Guard launched the rescue helicopter crew from Kodiak at 9:27 a.m.

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