Air Station Kodiak medevacs Coast Guard Cutter John Midgett crewmember

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 aircrew medically evacuated a Coast Guard Cutter John Midgett (WHEC 726) crewmember from the ship near Kodiak, Saturday.

The MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew safely hoisted and transported the patient to awaiting Emergency Medical Service personnel in Kodiak.

At 10:00 a.m., District 17 Command Center watchstanders received a call from the cutter John Midgett requesting a medevac for the 40-year-old male who was reportedly experiencing symptoms of a stroke.

The ship was approximately 150 nautical miles southeast of Kodiak when the medevac request came in.

At 12:54 p.m., the aircrew arrived on scene, conducted a litter hoist and transported the crewmember to shore, where he was then taken to Providence Kodiak Island Medical Center.

The Coast Guard Cutter John Midgett (WHEC-726), previously named Coast Guard Cutter Midgett (WHEC-726), is homeported in Seattle, Washington. Her keel was laid April 5, 1971 at the Avondale Shipyard in New Orleans, Louisiana, and she was launched on September 4, 1971. She was commissioned on March 17, 1972. Midgett is named for the late Chief Warrant Officer John Allen “BOSN/Bosun” Midgett, Jr. who served for nearly forty years with the United States Life-Saving Service and the U.S. Coast Guard.


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