Coast Guard medevacs fishing vessel crewmember 20 miles north of Kodiak

A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak Jayhawk aircrew, Base Kodiak fire department personnel and City of Kodiak emergency medical personnel prepare to transfer a 47-year-old man to an awaiting ambulance at Air Station Kodiak, Alaska, July 25, 2018. The man sustained a leg injury on the fishing vessel Nordic Cross 20 miles north of Kodiak. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Charly Hengen.

A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak Jayhawk aircrew, Base Kodiak fire department personnel and City of Kodiak emergency medical personnel prepare to transfer a 47-year-old man to an awaiting ambulance at Air Station Kodiak, Alaska, July 25, 2018.  U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Charly Hengen.

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew medevaced a male crewmember from a fishing vessel in Duck Bay, near Kodiak, Alaska, Wednesday.

The Jayhawk helicopter crew hoisted the crewmember from the fishing vessel Nordic Cross and transported him to Kodiak where he was transferred to awaiting emergency medical services personnel.

Coast Guard Sector Anchorage watchstanders received notification from the crew of the Nordic Cross, who reported a 47-year-old crewman was suffering from a leg injury. Watchstanders requested the launch of the Jayhawk crew for an immediate medevac.

“The Nordic Cross crew did a great job of clearing their fishing gear from the deck so we could conduct a safe basket hoist,” said Lt. Joseph Chevalier, aircraft commander of the case. “With that and the adaptability and coordination of the rescue swimmer and health services technician in the Jayhawk’s cabin, we were able to get this man to emergency care quickly and efficiently.”

Weather on scene was reported as 5-mph winds and 2-ft seas.


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