Coast Guard medevacs injured mariner in Pybus Bay, Alaska

JUNEAU, Alaska — A Coast Guard Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew medevaced an injured mariner off the fishing vessel Vendor in Pybus Bay, near Fredrick Sound, approximately 80 miles south of Juneau, Wednesday.

The Jayhawk crew hoisted the 37-year-old man and transported him to awaiting emergency medical personnel in Sitka.

Coast Guard Sector Juneau watchstanders responded to a mayday call from the mariner on VHF channel 16. The mariner requested assistance after reportedly suffering from a leg laceration. Watchstanders consulted with the duty flight surgeon and requested the launch of the Air Station Sitka Jayhawk and a Coast Guard Station Juneau Response Boat-Medium.

“Having communication and safety devices on board your vessel is critical in Alaskan waters,” said Petty Officer 1stClass Francell Abbott, Sector Juneau watchstander. “Having a VHF radio allowed this mariner to call for help and allowed our crew to quickly get him to EMS.”

Weather on scene was 12-mph winds, 1-foot seas.

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