Coast Guard medevacs injured cargo ship crewman

Coast Guard District 17 NewsKODIAK, Alaska — A Kodiak-based MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew medevaced a crewman from an 855-foot container ship south of Cold Bay Friday.

Coast Guard watchstanders received a call Thursday afternoon from the crew of the Antigua and Barbuda-flagged vessel Mare Phoenicium requesting a medevac for a 62-year-old Montenegrin crewman suffering from a severed finger on his left hand.

The Mare Phoenicium was 575 miles away from the Coast Guard Cutter Sherman at the time of the call. The Dolphin rescue crew, who are forward deployed aboard the Sherman from Air Station Kodiak, pre-staged in Cold Bay Thursday.

Once the container ship was within range of the Dolphin, the helicopter crew departed Cold Bay at 10:15 a.m. They arrived on scene about an hour later, hoisted the patient from the vessel, and safely took him to Cold Bay. The man was transferred to awaiting emergency medical services who transported him to Anchorage for further medical assistance.

“Due to the vast area of responsibility of the 17th Coast Guard District we routinely forward deploy Dolphin helicopter crews aboard cutters to help reduce response times for maritime emergencies,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Christopher Gauthier, operation specialist with the 17th Coast Guard District command center in Juneau.

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