Coast Guard assists injured fisherman near Hinchinbrook Island, Alaska

Coast Guard Alaska News
KODIAK, Alaska — The Coast Guard responded to a fisherman who suffered an eye injury aboard the 29-foot motor vessel Lanikai approximately seven miles from Cape Hinchinbrook, Saturday.

A nearby Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew, forward deployed in Cordova, rendezvoused with the vessel and lowered a rescue swimmer who stabilized the patient while the vessel returned to Cordova.

Coast Guard Sector Anchorage command center watchstanders received a notice via VHF that a crewmember had an eye injury and needed medical treatment. The watchstanders directed a Jayhawk crew training in the area to respond to the injured mariner.

“This case illustrates the training and professionalism of our Coast Guard members,” said Petty Officer 3rd Class Lindsey Green, a watchstanders at Sector Anchorage command center. “Our crews are always ready to respond, even during training flights, to ensure safety of life at sea.”

Weather at the time of the incident was reported as 17 mph and 3-foot seas.

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