Coast Guard medevacs U.S. woman, Canadian man with possible heart problems

KODIAK, Alaska -The Coast Guard safely medevaced a 56-year old female and a 79-year-old male both with possible heart problems in two separate cases Tuesday in Southeast Alaska

Mildred Zanlaninghan, 56, a U.S. resident, was reportedly suffering from symptoms of a heart attack during a day cruise while aboard the motor vessel Captain Cook in Stephens Passage.

The Coast Guard command center in Juneau received a call via VHF radio at 4:03 p.m. from the master of the vessel requesting a medevac and launched a Coast Guard Station Juneau 25-foot small boat and crew with two emergency medical personnel aboard to respond.

The crew of the small boat and the medical personnel met the vessel in Holkham Bay and stabilized Zanlaninghan. She was transferred to the Coast Guard small boat and the Coast Guard rescue crew safely transported her to awaiting medical personnel at the Douglas Boat Harbor. She was taken to Bartlett Regional Hospital in Juneau.

Anthony Mountjoy, 79, a Canadian resident, was also reportedly suffering from possible heart complications during a shore excursion off of the cruise ship Golden Princess in Skagway.

The Coast Guard command center in Juneau received a call from personnel at the Skagway Clinic at 5:15 p.m. requesting assistance and launched an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter and crew from Air Station Sitka.

The helicopter and crew arrived at the Skagway Clinic at 8 p.m., brought the patient aboard and safely delivered him to awaiting emergency medical personnel in Juneau almost two hours later. He was also transported to Bartlett Regional Hospital.

Skagway is located approximately 70 miles northwest of Juneau. Stephens Passage is approximately 80 miles southeast of Juneau.

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