Coast Guard units conduct medevac, tow vessel in Southeast Alaska

17th Coast Guard District News
KODIAK, Alaska – Coast Guard units in Southeast Alaska conducted a medevac from Haines and assisted a disabled vessel near Ketchikan Tuesday.

A Coast Guard Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew medevaced a 22-year-old woman reportedly suffering possible head injuries after she was in a car accident near Haines. The 17th Coast Guard District command center watchstanders received a call from the Haines clinic at 11:15 p.m. requesting medical assistance.

The helicopter crew safely transported the woman to awaiting emergency medical services in Juneau at 2:45 a.m., where she was taken to Bartlett Regional Hospital for further medical care.

The Coast Guard Cutter Naushon crew towed the disabled 33-foot fishing vessel Ocean Point 16 miles south of Duke Island to Ketchikan. Coast Guard Sector Juneau command center watchstanders received a call via VHF-FM channel 16 from the operator of the Ocean Point reporting he lost engine power after setting out his fishing gear. The command center watchstanders issued a Marine Assistance Request Broadcast and the good Samaritan crew of the 34-foot fishing vessel Thomasina responded reporting they were willing to assist the Ocean Point.

The Thomasina and crew began towing the Ocean Point to Ketchikan, but two hours later they reported to Sector Juneau watchstanders they were not making progress and were concerned about being pushed in the wrong direction during the tide change. The cutter Naushon crew got underway at 12:30 p.m. to assist the Ocean Point.

The Naushon crew began towing the Ocean Point at about 3:26 p.m. and safely moored the Ocean Point in Ketchikan at 10 p.m.

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