Coast Guard medevacs fisherman near Kodiak Island, Alaska

A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopterKODIAK, Alaska — A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew medevaced a fisherman from the fishing vessel Transit in Shelikof Strait near Kodiak Island Sunday morning.

The 37-year-old fisherman was hoisted and transported to Kodiak where he was met by awaiting emergency medical services personnel.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Anchorage received a medevac request from the captain of the Transit who reported a crewmember was suffering from seizure like symptoms.   The duty flight surgeon recommended the medevac and the helicopter crew was dispatched.

“We received reports of a low pressure system approaching the area with the potential of bringing increased winds and seas over the next several hours,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Chris Sheffield, Sector Anchorage watchstander.  “The quick response of our aircrew to the scene made it possible for a safe hoist and transit back to Kodiak.”

Weather on scene during the time of the medevac was reported as 7-mph winds with choppy seas and 12-miles of visibility.

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