Air Station Kodiak aircrew rescues injured hunter on Kodiak Island

A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter

Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter file photo

KODIAK, Alaska – A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew medevaced two men, one of which was reported injured, from Middle Sister Mountain on Kodiak Island, Alaska, Friday.

Both men were transferred to awaiting emergency medical services in Kodiak and were reported to have been stable upon transfer.

Early Friday Morning, Air Station Kodiak operations personnel received notification from Kodiak Police Department personnel of an injured hunter on Middle Sister Mountain in need of a medical evacuation due to the nature of a leg injury. An Air Station Kodiak Jayhawk aircrew was launched in response.

“We were fortunate that the hunters thought ahead to re-locate to a suitable hoisting area and had flashlights so we could easily make them out from a distance,” said Lt. Joe Chevalier, an Air Station Kodiak pilot. “Our crew was able to quickly respond and put into action the rescue procedures that we so often practice.”

On-scene weather was 7-mph winds, 10 miles visibility, with an air temperature of 46 degrees and an elevation of 1,035 ft.

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