Coast Guard Kodiak-based aircrews fly over 1,800 miles to conduct medevac near Adak

KODIAK, Alaska – Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak aircrews medevaced a crewman reported to have injured his hand aboard the 580-foot South Korean-flagged bulk carrier, BK Champ, about 30 miles southwest of Adak Tuesday.

Aung Bo Bo Htay, 26, a Burmese national, is an oiler on the vessel and injured his hand in the engine room. The Coast Guard District 17 command center watchstanders received a phone call from a representative of BK Champ Monday morning reporting the injury and requesting a medevac.

The Coast Guard launched two Kodiak-based MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crews Monday evening to pre-stage in Dutch Harbor. While en route to Dutch Harbor, the helicopter crews landed in Cold Bay to rest overnight. An HC-130 Hercules aircraft launched at 8 a.m. Tuesday with a third helicopter crew.

One helicopter crew successfully hoisted Htay and transferred to emergency medical services in Adak about 4:55 p.m. LifeMed Alaska Air is transporting the man to Anchorage for further treatment.

Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak utilized three MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter aircrews and one HC-130 Hercules aircrew and flew over 1,800 miles to conduct this long-range medevac.

The weather at the time of the medevac was mostly cloudy skies with scattered showers, an air temperature in the lower 50s and a west wind of 15 to 30 mph with gusts to 40 mph.

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