Coast Guard conducts medevac near Ketchikan, Alaska

45 3JUNEAU, Alaska — A Coast Guard Station Ketchikan boat crew medevaced an ailing mariner from fishing vessel SV Velvet 16 miles southeast of Ketchikan, Alaska, Tuesday.

The boat crew transported the man to local emergency medical personnel in Ketchikan.

Coast Guard Sector Juneau received a request for help from a crewmember aboard fishing vessel SV Velvet reporting the captain was experiencing a medical emergency. Sector Juneau launched a Station Ketchikan 45-foot Response Boat – Medium with an emergency medical technician aboard to assist.

“Our operational crews are ready to respond to emergency medical situations at all times,” said Vince Grochowski, a search and rescue controller at
Sector Juneau. “Providing ambulatory services to Alaska mariners for unpredictable injuries or illness falls under the Coast Guard’s priority of
ensuring the safety of life at sea.”

Weather on scene was reported as clear, calm and 36 degrees.

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