Coast Guard aircrew medevacs ill man off Oregon coast

WARRENTON, Ore. — A Coast Guard aircrew medically evacuated an ill fisherman from a commercial fishing vessel 100 miles off of Pacific City, Oregon, Tuesday morning.

An aircrew aboard an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Coast Guard Sector Columbia River safely hoisted the 37-year-old male, who reportedly experienced difficulty breathing and numbness in extremities, and transferred him to MEDIX paramedics at the sector’s base.

Sector Columbia River watchstanders overheard a radio transmission calling for medical assistance from the fishing vessel Zena D for one of its passengers at 4:42 a.m. After consulting with the flight surgeon, a medevac was recommended, and a Jayhawk aircrew was launched. The aircrew arrived on scene at 7:15 a.m. and conducted the hoist and transferred the patient at 8:15 a.m.

The condition of the fisherman is unknown at this time. The paramedics transported the fisherman to Columbia Memorial Hospital for higher-level medical care.

The on scene sea and weather conditions included 5-foot seas and light wind.

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