Coast Guard Medevacs Injured Man and Woman From False Island

JUNEAU, Alaska – A Coast Guard Air Station Sitka MH-60 “Jayhawk” rescue helicopter crew was launched Saturday evening to conduct a medical evacuation of a 29-year-old male who was injured in an ATV accident on False Island, which is on the north end of Chichagof Island in Peril Strait 30 miles north of Sitka.

The 29-year-old male was driving on the road with a female when they both accidentally crashed their ATV’s into shallow water. The male ATV rider was injured in the accident while the female injured her leg.

The owner of the cabin the ATV riders were staying at notified the Coast Guard of the accident after the female was able to drag the male two hours back to the cabin. Once they arrived at the cabin, friends of the two ATV riders assisted in putting 30 blankets on the injured male that was reportedly suffering from hypothermia by the owner of the cabin.

The owner of the cabin safely transferred the injured male and female to a helicopter-landing pad in a pick-up truck where the rescue helicopter crew landed with a Coast Guard doctor on board at 9 p.m.

The rescue helicopter returned to Sitka at 10 p.m. where the injured male and female were safely transferred to awaiting emergency medical services.

The medical conditions of the injured male and female are unknown at this time.

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