Coast Guard medevacs Indian Citizen from a Panamanian vessel south of Kodiak

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – A Kodiak-based Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter and crew medevaced a 34-year-old male who reportedly severed part of his left index finger while aboard the 653-foot Panama flagged merchant vessel Apollon Leader while transiting through the Gulf of Alaska, Saturday.

Manoj Kumar Jain, a citizen of India, was reportedly working with a winching system when he severed his finger. The crew of the vessel contacted the Coast Guard requesting the medevac of Jain at 2:44 p.m., Friday. The ship was was transiting the Gulf of Alaska to Japan when the medevac was requested. The vessel’s course was scheduled to take them into the vicinity of Kodiak, so the crew continued their course until they could come into range of the rescue helicopters stationed at Kodiak.

The helicopter crew launched from Kodiak at 10:30 a.m. and arrived on scene 100-miles south and a half hour later to pick up Jain. The crew transported Jain safely to Kodiak where awaiting emergency medical services transported him to Providence Kodiak Island Medical center at 12:05 p.m.

Kodiak Island is the home of the largest Coast Guard base in the United States and home to Air Station Kodiak, and 11 other units.

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