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.