Coast Guard medevacs man from Crowley tug in Prince William Sound

17th Coast Guard District News
KODIAK, Alaska – The crew of an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter, forward-deployed to Cordova from Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak, medevaced a 40-year-old man from the 150-foot Crowley tug Sea Voyager near Hinchenbrook Entrance about 50 miles south of Valdez Friday evening.

The man was reportedly suffering from severe abdominal pain. The Coast Guard command center in Juneau received a call from Health Force Partners at about 7 p.m. requesting the medevac. The duty Coast Guard flight surgeon concurred with the medevac request and the helicopter crew in Cordova was dispatched. The sea voyager is moored to a barge in Port Etches near Hinchenbrook Entrance in Prince William Sound.

The rescue helicopter crew arrived on scene at 8:42 p.m. and hoisted the man in a rescue litter. He was delivered safely in stable condition to Valdez where an ambulance crew further transported him to Providence Valdez Medical Center for treatment at about 9:30 p.m. The man was reportedly the chief engineer aboard the tug. Another Crowley tug will deliver a replacement chief engineer around midnight to the Sea Voyager so they can continue their voyage to Valdez safely.

Weather on scene was reportedly 10 mph winds with an overcast sky and an air temperature of 61 degrees Fahrenheit. The Coast Guard forward-deploys an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter and crews to Cordova from Air Station Kodiak each spring to respond to cases from the increased seasonal traffic in the region.

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