Coast Guard medevacs tug crewman from Hinchinbrook Island, Alaska

Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter file photo by PA1 Kurt Fredrickson

Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter file photo by PA1 Kurt Fredrickson

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew medevaced a male crew member Wednesday from a tug vessel near Hinchinbrook Island.

The Jayhawk helicopter crew hoisted the crewman from the tug Sea Voyager and transported him to Anchorage for further medical care.

Coast Guard Sector Anchorage watchstanders received notification from the crew of the Sea Voyager, who reported one of their crewmen was experiencing symptoms of a heart attack. An emergency medical technician aboard the Sea Voyager administered medication as directed by his medical control. A flight surgeon for the 17th Coast Guard District recommended a medevac for the crewman within four hours.

“Quick notification by the crew of the Sea Voyager was critical for this medevac,” said Petty Officer 1st Class David Parks, a Sector Anchorage watchstander. “The prompt action and medical care by the EMT aboard the Sea Voyager aided our efforts to help the crewman get immediate medical attention.”

Weather on scene was approximately 12-mph winds and 3-foot seas.

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