Coast Guard medevacs ill fisherman near Cold Bay, Alaska

Coast Guard Alaska News
KODIAK, Alaska — A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew deployed aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Munro medevaced a fisherman from a fishing vessel 138 miles northwest of Cold Bay Sunday.

The 47-year-old fisherman, who was reportedly suffering abdominal distress, was safely hoisted from the fishing vessel Sea Freeze Alaska and flown to Cold Bay where he was safely transferred to commercial medical services for further care.

The Coast Guard 17th District Command Center received the request to transport the crewman from the 267-foot fish processor at 2:50 p.m. Sunday. The duty flight surgeon was consulted and recommended the medevac.

The helicopter crew launched from the cutter at 5:58 p.m., safely hoisted the patient from the fishing vessel and arrived in Cold Bay at 8:00 p.m. They were met by Guardian Services who further transported to Anchorage for advanced medical care.

“Having hoist capable aircraft aboard our Coast Guard cutters patrolling near the fleet greatly decreases the response time in cases such as this,” said Chief Petty Officer Jenell Webster of the Coast Guard 17th District. “Timely response is key to successfully getting injured or ill patients to the medical care they need.”

The weather on scene at the time of the call was reportedly 10 mph winds with 4 to 6-foot seas.

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