Coast Guard medevacs man from fishing vessel near Sand Point, Alaska

An Air Station Kodiak HC-130 Hercules aircrew transfers an injured fisherman to awaiting emergency medical personnel at Air Station Kodiak, Alaska, July 1, 2015. The fisherman was injured while working aboard the fishing vessel Capt-Jay in the vicinity of Sand Point, approximately 230 miles southwest of Kodiak Island. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Kelly Parker)

An Air Station Kodiak HC-130 Hercules aircrew transfers an injured fisherman to awaiting emergency medical personnel at Air Station Kodiak, Alaska, July 1, 2015.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Kelly Parker)

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew medevaced an injured mariner near Sand Point, Wednesday.

The Jayhawk crew flew 230 miles from Kodiak, safely hoisted the 28-year-old man from the 48-foot fishing vessel Capt-Jay, and transported him to Sand Point.

The man was then transferred aboard a Coast Guard HC-130 Hercules airplane and flown to Kodiak for treatment.

Coast Guard District 17 command center watchstanders received a report that the mariner was suffering from a head injury. Watchstanders consulted with the duty flight surgeon who recommended immediate medevac.

“Our aircrews routinely train together to respond to emergencies throughout the state,” said Lt. Melanie Collier, a 17th District command duty officer. “This case highlights the benefits of their training which allowed them hoist the mariner and transport him to a higher level of medical care.”

Weather on scene was reported as 8-mph winds and 2-foot seas.

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