Coast Guard medevacs man from bulk carrier near Cold Bay, Alaska

Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter file photo by PA1 Kurt Fredrickson

Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter file photo by PA1 Kurt Fredrickson

KODIAK, Alaska – A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak, Alaska, MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew medically evacuated a man from the bulk carrier Bulk Freedom in the vicinity of Cold Bay, Alaska, Tuesday.

A Jayhawk helicopter crew safely hoisted a 44-year old man and transported him to awaiting emergency medical services personnel in Cold Bay.

Coast Guard District 17 command center watchstanders received notification from Coast Guard Communications Station Kodiak of a medevac request Monday from the 623-foot bulk carrier Bulk Freedom captain stating the 44-year-old crewmember was suffering from abdominal pain. A Coast Guard flight surgeon recommended a medevac as soon as possible and instructed the M/V Bulk Freedom to sail closer to Cold Bay. At the time of the request, the M/V Bulk Freedom was approximately 400 miles from Cold Bay.

An Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter and crew transited to Cold Bay Monday evening to prepare for the medevac. They successfully medevaced the man 90 miles away from Cold Bay at approximately 11:26 a.m. Tuesday and transferred him to waiting emergency medical personnel in Cold Bay, for further transport to Anchorage.

“We pre-staged a Jayhawk helicopter and crew last night in Cold Bay,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Blaine Pama, District 17 Command Center watchstander. “This ensured the helicopter crew conducted the medevac as safely and efficiently as possible, and ensured the person got expedited medical care.”

Weather on scene at the time of the hoist was winds south-southeast at 11.5 mph, visibility at six miles and seas of five feet.

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