Coast Guard medevacs injured mariner near Dutch Harbor, Alaska

Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew arrives at Spruce Cape near Kodiak, AlaskaJUNEAU, Alaska — A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew medevaced an injured mariner from a fish-processing vessel in Beaver Inlet, near Dutch Harbor, Tuesday.

The Dolphin helicopter crew launched from Cold Bay, where they were staged overnight for a different case, and safely hoisted the injured man for transport to emergency medical services in Dutch Harbor.

The crew of the 360-foot fish-processing vessel Northern Victor, a , notified the Coast Guard 17th District command center of the injured crewmember, reportedly suffering from a swollen leg, Tuesday morning.

After transporting the injured man to Dutch Harbor, commercial services arranged a flight out of Dutch Harbor to a higher level of medical care.

“We strategically place our deployed aircrews to leverage their capabilities during time-sensitive missions,” said Adam De Rocher, a civilian senior search and rescue controller at the 17th District command center. “The extreme distances between airports and medical facilities make our air assets particularly useful during emergency medical situations.

Weather on scene was reported as light wind and calm seas.

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