Coast Guard medevacs man 65 miles from Cold Bay, Alaska

Air Station Savannah MH-65 Dolphin helicopter file phto.

Coast Guard  MH-65 Dolphin helicopter file photo.

KODIAK, Alaska – A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew medevaced a 42-year-old man from the motor vessel Elpida GR approximately 65 miles southeast of Cold Bay, Wednesday.

The Dolphin helicopter crew, forward deployed aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Stratton, hoisted the man and safely transported him to an awaiting commercial air ambulance, in Cold Bay, for transport to a higher level of medical care.

Coast Guard 17th District command center watchstanders received a medevac request from Alaska Vessel Agent for a man suffering from gastrointestinal problems, Tuesday evening. Watchstanders notified the Coast Guard duty flight surgeon who recommended the medevac.

“The helicopter and crew disembarked the Stratton earlier Wednesday to pre-position in Cold Bay,” said Raymond Dwyer, a District 17 lead command center controller. “Once the vessel got close enough, the Dolphin helicopter crew conducted the hoist. Having an aviation asset aboard a Coast Guard cutter allows us to respond quickly to cases ensuring patients receive the higher level of care needed.”

On scene, weather at the time of the medevac was clear and calm.

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