Coast Guard medevacs man from fishing vessel near Juneau, Alaska

A Coast Guard Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter

Air Station Sitka MH-60 FIle Photo

JUNEAU, Alaska – A Coast Guard Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew medevaced a man suffering chest pain Wednesday from a fishing vessel in Stephens Passage near Port Snettisham.

The Jayhawk crew hoisted the man safely from the F/V Kindred Spirit and transported him to Juneau to awaiting EMS for further medical care.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Juneau received a medevac request Wednesday evening from the crew of the Kindred Spirit for a person suffering from symptoms of a stroke. The Coast Guard flight surgeon recommended a medevac by helicopter.

“This hoist was one of the most challenging we have done, but our crew expertly hoisted the gentleman from an area on the deck where he could enter safely,” said Lt. Robert McCabe, an Air Station Sitka pilot. “The low visibility we encountered to and from the transit was well worth it to help the man get immediate medical attention.”

Weather on scene was 11.5-mph winds with light rain and scattered showers.

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