Coast Guard medevacs injured 70-year-old man from Noyes Island, Alaska

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The Coast Guard medevaced a 70-year-old man with an eye injury from Noyes Island approximately 34 miles from Klawock Tuesday.

An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Sitka transported the man to awaiting medical personnel in Sitka.

Sector Juneau command center personnel received the request for medevac from the crew of the 37-foot fishing vessel Haida Spirit. Coast Guard 17th District command center personnel assumed coordination of the case and directed the launch of the helicopter crew to the scene.

“Our hoist capable helicopters are an ideal resource to respond to emergency medical situations in Southeast Alaska,” said Lt. Matthew Herring, a Coast Guard Jayhawk pilot at Coast Guard Air Station Sitka. “Our crews train regularly in order to safely and efficiently transport the sick and injured to a higher level of care when necessary.”

Weather on scene was reported to be calm.

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