KODIAK, Alaska — A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew medevaced a crewmember from the 1,000-foot cargo vessel Cosco Long Beach approximately 200 miles south of Kodiak Thursday.
The crewmember was transported to Air Station Kodiak and transferred to local emergency medical services and taken to Providence Kodiak Island Medical Center for further medical treatment.
Watchstanders at the Coast Guard 17th District command center were contacted by an agent for the ship in Vancouver, British Columbia, at 11:30 a.m., requesting the medevac of a crewman reportedly suffering from symptoms of abdominal distress.
The watchstanders directed the vessel to sail towards Kodiak to reduce the distance between the vessel and the Air Station and directed the launch of a Coast Guard HC-130 airplane crew and MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew.
The helicopter crew arrived at the vessel’s location and hoisted the crewmember at 2:53 p.m.
“Air Station Kodiak crews conduct long-range, over water rescues on a routine basis,” said Lt. Starr Parmley, an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter pilot at Air Station Kodiak. “The temperatures in the Gulf of Alaska are unforgiving and the distances are so great that we have to launch two aircraft to ensure we can provide self rescue capability. That way if one aircrew runs into trouble, the other crew is there to assist.”
The crew of the Cosco Long Beach resumed their voyage to Prince Rupert, British Columbia.
Weather on scene during the time of the medevac was 11 to 19 mph winds and 10-foot seas.