Coast Guard flying 1,300 miles for medevac off Alaska’s Aleutian Chain

JUNEAU, Alaska – Coast Guard aircraft launched from Kodiak, Alaska, this morning to fly more than 1,300 miles to conduct a medical evacuation of a 58-year-old crewman reported to have suffered a broken arm and possible spinal injuries aboard a Panamanian-flagged bulk carrier approximately 50 miles east of Attu Island, Alaska, in the Bering Sea.

The Coast Guard received a phone call Monday around 8:54 p.m. from the captain of the 580 -foot Lavieen Rose requesting a medevac for the injured crewmember. The Lavieen Rose crew was able to temporarily treat the Filipino man aboard the Lavieen Rose after he suffered his injury.

The MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew is scheduled to arrive on scene at 11 p.m. with a C-130 providing communications coverage. The patient will then be transferred to the medical clinic in Shemya, Alaska and may require a Life Flight Air Ambulance to Anchorage to receive additional medical care.

Combined travel of both aircraft will exceed 4,000 miles which is equivalent to driving from Anchorage, Alaska, to Atlanta.

The Lavieen Rose was en route from Tacoma, Wash. to Hiro, Japan and is carrying a full load of timber.

Current weather conditions are 45 mph winds with 28-foot seas.

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