Coast Guard conducts Gulf of Alaska medevac

JUNEAU, Alaska – A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew medevaced an injured mariner from a vessel in the Gulf of Alaska, 90 miles south of Seward, Tuesday.

The aircrew safely hoisted the man from the 58-foot fishing vessel Optimus and transported him to emergency medical personnel in Anchorage.

Coast Guard 17th District command center watchstanders received a report that an Optimus crewmember sustained a severe laceration from a fishing hook and immediately directed the launch of the helicopter crew.

The aircrew arrived on scene and safely hoisted the injured man into the helicopter before flying him to Anchorage for further medical care. The man was reported in stable condition upon transfer to Providence Alaska Medical Center.

“Due to the severe nature of the injury, our duty flight surgeon recommended the medevac take place within a 4-hour window,” said Lt. j.g. Alaina Fagan, a command duty officer at the 17th District command center. “Because of the readiness of our crew in Kodiak and proficient communications between assets, we were able to complete the mission in 2 1/2 hours.”

Weather on scene was reported as 4-foot seas and 10 mph winds.

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