Coast Guard medevacs elderly woman from Sitka-based fishing vessel

JUNEAU, Alaska – A Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk rescue helicopter aircrew from Air Station Sitka safely medevaced a 83-year old woman reportedly suffering from symptoms of a stroke off the Sitka-based 44-foot fishing vessel Annie B in the vicinity of Gedney Harbor 53 miles southeast of Sitka Saturday at 5:15 a.m.

The woman was medevaced by the Coast Guard after the 17th Coast Guard District command center in Juneau received a call from a crewmember aboard the Annie B at approximately 11:18 p.m. Friday requesting a medevac.

After the Coast Guard duty flight surgeon recommended the woman be medevaced, the helicopter rescue crew was launched at 4:45 a.m.

The crew of the Annie B transported the woman ashore in a skiff for further transport by the Jayhawk rescue crew at 5:15 a.m. The aircrew then transferred her to awaiting emergency medical service personnel at Air Station Sitka. She was then transported to Sitka Community Hospital at 5:45 a.m.

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