Coast Guard Cutter Rush crew medevacs mariner

Coast Guard District 17 NewsKODIAK, Alaska — The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Rush arrived in Kodiak Monday, bringing an ailing mariner from a cargo vessel in the North Pacific Ocean to emergency medical care.

The Coast Guard Command Center in Juneau received notice Friday at 4:30 a.m. that the 610-foot bulk carrier Navios Ulysses had a 52-year-old crewman onboard suffering from abdominal pain. The vessel was out of range of aircraft for a medevac.

The Rush met the Navios Ulysses at 4:14 a.m. Sunday, 713 miles southwest of Kodiak and transferred the patient at sea by small boat. Weather conditions on scene were 30-knot winds and 12-foot seas.

The Rush docked in Kodiak at 2 p.m. The patient was transported by a Kodiak City Fire Department ambulance crew to Providence Kodiak Island Medical Center where he was reported in stable condition.

The Navios Ulysses is a Maltese-flagged vessel and is continuing on its voyage to Portland, Ore.

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