Coast Guard medevacs woman from fishing vessel northwest of Unalaska

JUNEAU, Alaska — A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew, forward deployed on the Coast Guard Cutter Sherman, medevaced a 26-year-old woman from the fishing vessel Seattle Enterprise 140 miles northwest of Unalaska, Alaska, Tuesday.

The Dolphin crew safely hoisted the woman and transported her to awaiting emergency medical personnel in Unalaska.

Coast Guard Seventeenth District Command Center watchstanders received a request from Health Force Partners in Seattle stating the woman was experiencing chest pressure. A Coast Guard flight surgeon recommended a medevac.

“Having a helicopter and crew aboard the Sherman allowed a quick response time in a remote area,” said Lt. j.g. Maren Murphy, a Seventeenth District command duty officer. “Our aviation detachment crews train for this and were able to quickly get the woman to advanced medical care.”

Weather on-scene at the time of the hoist was rain, 20-mph winds and 6-foot seas.

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