Coast Guard Kodiak-based aircrew medevacs Sitka resident to Anchorage

JUNEAU, Alaska – A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak aircrew aboard a HC-130 Hercules aircraft medevaced a 55-year-old Sitka resident reportedly suffering from symptoms of kidney failure from Coast Guard Air Station Sitka at 7:38 p.m. Wednesday.

Thomas Nielsen was medevaced by the Coast Guard after the 17th Coast Guard District command center in Juneau received a call at 12:25 p.m. from Guardian medical services in Sitka stating Nielsen was in need of further medical treatment and they were not able to transfer him from Sitka to Anchorage.

After the Coast Guard duty flight surgeon recommended Nielsen to be medevaced, the aircrew was launched from Kodiak at 2 p.m. and arrived in Sitka at 4 p.m.

The aircrew departed Sitka at 7:38 p.m. and are scheduled to arrive at Elmendorf Air Force Base at 9:30 p.m.

Nielsen will be transferred to awaiting emergency medical personnel for further transport to Providence Alaska Medical Center.

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