Coast Guard medevacs injured fisherman near Sand Point, Alaska

Coast Guard Alaska News
KODIAK, Alaska — A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew, forward deployed to Cold Bay, medevaced an injured fisherman from a fishing vessel 150 miles southeast of Sand Point, Alaska, Sunday evening.

The Jayhawk aircrew hoisted the injured crewmember from the fishing vessel Icy Mist and transported him to emergency medical personnel in Cold Bay.

Coast Guard 17th District watchstanders received a report from a crewmember aboard the Icy Mist stating a fisherman had been injured after a crab pot fell on him during loading operations and needed medical assistance. The duty flight surgeon recommended a medevac and the Jayhawk helicopter crew was dispatched to the scene.

Once the rescue crew arrived on scene, the injured fisherman was hoisted from the fishing vessel and transported to the Cold Bay clinic for further treatment. The injured fisherman was reported as stable and coherent upon arrival.

“This case was the first for our FOL Cold Bay aircrews this season and demonstrates the importance of our seasonal deployments,” said Lt. j.g. Joey Schlosser, command duty officer, Coast Guard 17th District. “Forward operating locations enables us to reduce emergency response times and allows us to transport mariners in distress to medical care as quickly as possible.”

Weather on scene was reported as 7 mph winds and 6-foot seas.

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