Sitka-based Coast Guardsmen perform double medevac from Haines

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KODIAK, Alaska – A Coast Guard Air Station Stika MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew medevaced two individuals, unrelated to each other, from Haines to Juneau early Wednesday morning.

Marion Long, a 77 year-old male, was suffering from abdominal complications and Katy Hicks, a 32 year-old female, had sustained injuries from an automobile accident Tuesday evening. Coast Guard District 17 Command Center watchstanders in Juneau received a call from the Haines Clinic personnel at about 10:40 p.m. Tuesday requesting a medevac for both patients.

The District 17 watchstanders directed the launch of the rescue crew who arrived in Haines at 12:50 a.m. Long and Hicks were both transferred to local emergency medical personnel in Juneau in stable condition about two hours later. The patients were taken to Bartlett Regional Hospital for further medical care.

“Medical care during a helicopter flight can become challenging due to space limitations when a litter is on board,” said Lt. Dave Marrama, Air Station Sitka assistant operations officer. “We had a flight surgeon and rescue swimmer aboard and both were able to provide medical care to each patient during the transit from Haines to Juneau even with two litters on the aircraft.”

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