Coast Guard medevacs injured man near Barrow, Alaska

Coast Guard Alaska News
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The Coast Guard medevaced an injured 43-year-old man from the Japanese-flagged research vessel Mirai near Barrow Thursday.

A MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew forward-deployed to Barrow from Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak safely transferred the man to emergency medical services in Barrow.

Watchstanders at the 17th District command center received notification from North Slope Borough Search and Rescue after the man reportedly injured his back and the helicopter crew launched to conduct the medevac.

“Maritime activity in the Arctic has steadily increased during the past several years, and this emergency situation highlights the importance of having a Coast Guard forward operating location in the region,” said Lt. Cmdr. Doug Watson, response management department, Coast Guard 17th District. “Our ability to respond and effectively carry out rescue missions relies heavily on minimizing distances, honing communications capability and strengthening our maritime domain awareness in our northernmost area of responsibility.”

The weather on scene consisted of 17-mph winds, 3-5-foot seas and fog.

The FOL in Barrow is part of the 17th District’s Arctic Shield 2014, in concurrence with the Coast Guard Arctic Strategy.

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