Coast Guard medevacs fisherman from the Wizard north of Cold Bay

Coast Guard District 17 NewsKODIAK, Alaska — A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew medevaced a man from a 150-foot fishing vessel 60 miles north of Cold Bay Monday.

Coast Guard Communications Station Kodiak watchstanders received a radio call at about 1:22 p.m. from the crew of the fishing vessel Wizard reporting a 28-year-old male collapsed and was showing signs of dehydration and shock.

The Jayhawk rescue crew was on a training flight when they heard the call. They self-diverted to the location of the Wizard and safely hoisted the man. The rescue crew transferred the man to Cold Bay clinic personnel for further evaluation at about 3:20 p.m.

“As COMMSTA was receiving the initial call, multiple Coast Guard assets overheard it,” said Chief Petty Officer Jeffrey Roberto, District 17 operations unit controller. “With the attentiveness of our crews, we were able to assist this man in an expeditious manner.”

The fishing vessel Wizard is a crabber based out of Seattle.

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