Coast Guard medevacs fisherman reportedly suffering shellfish poisoning near Kodiak

JUNEAU, Alaska – A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter rescue crew medevaced a 28-year-old male reportedly suffering from shellfish poisoning aboard the fishing vessel Miss Michelle in Kupreanof Strait 15 miles northwest of Kodiak Saturday at 6:45 a.m.

Jonathon Botz was medevaced after a crewmember of the 55-foot fishing vessel Miss Michelle contacted the Sector Anchorage command center via satellite phone who in turn contacted the 17th Coast Guard District command center in Juneau at approximately 5 a.m. to coordinate the medevac with the duty flight surgeon.

After the Coast Guard duty flight surgeon recommended Botz to be medevaced, the helicopter rescue crew was launched at 6:20 a.m.

The crew of the Miss Michelle moored the vessel in Port Lions where the rescue helicopter crew landed and transported Botz to Air Station Kodiak.

The helicopter rescue crew then transferred Botz to Air Station Kodiak at 7 a.m. where awaiting emergency medical service transferred him to the Providence Kodiak Island Medical Center.

The Miss Michelle is a 55-foot seiner fishing vessel, homeport unknown.

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