69-year-old male medevaced by Coast Guard aircrew in Port Malmesbury, Alaska

Coast Guard Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk file photo

Coast Guard Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk file photo

KODIAK, Alaska — A Coast Guard aircrew medevaced a 69-year-old male off a fishing vessel in Port Malmesbury, Tuesday.

The MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Sitka hoisted and transported him to awaiting emergency medical service personnel in Sitka.

At 11:25 a.m., Coast Guard Sector Juneau watchstanders received a mayday call via VHF Channel 16 from the fishing vessel Carolyn-L for a crewmember who was suffering from a possible heart attack.

The male was reportedly unresponsive for 10-15 minutes before becoming responsive again.

The vessel had two people on board and was located in the vicinity of the south entrance of Chatham Strait.

The Jayhawk crew’s radio communication was initially relayed by a nearby Good Samaritan aboard the fishing vessel Aurora. This allowed the aircrew to quickly make contact with the Carolyn-L, in order to pass on vital information.

“The entire aircrew was very impressed with the master of the Carolyn-L, who safely navigated back to a sheltered bay, dropped anchor, tended to his ailing father, and communicated with Sector Juneau and the helicopter at the same time,” said U.S. Coast Guard Lt. Kyle Johnson, an Air Station Sitka flight crewmember. “When we arrived on scene, he even dropped the stabilizing arms on the side of the vessel so that we could conduct a safer hoist. He was very composed throughout the entire event.”


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