Coast Guard medevacs gunshot victim from Hawk Inlet

Coast Guard District 17 NewsKODIAK, Alaska — A Coast Guard Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew medevaced a man from Hawk Inlet Sunday.

Coast Guard Sector Juneau watchstanders were notified by a hunting party at about 9 a.m. via VHF-FM Channel 16 that a 25-year-old man had suffered a gunshot wound to his back. He and the hunting party were on the northwest side of Admiralty Island.

The Jayhawk rescue crew heard the call and self-diverted to the area. Once on scene, the crew safely transported the man to Juneau emergency medical personnel at about 10:10 a.m. He was taken to Bartlett Regional Hospital for further medical care.

“The hunting party had a means of communication so we were able to get help out there quickly,” said Lt. j.g. Eddie Michno, District 17 command duty officer. “In an area like Alaska where cell phones can’t be relied upon, having a secondary means of communication can make a huge difference.”

The Alaska State Troopers are investigating the circumstances of the injury.

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