Coast Guard medevacs man from Edna Bay in Southeast Alaska

SITKA, Alaska - A Sitka-based Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew safely transfers a 50-year-old man to awaiting emergency medical technicians for further medical care in Sitka March 10, 2011. The helicopter crew medevaced the man from Edna Bay 30 miles northwest of Klawock to Sitka. U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Air Station Sitka.

USCG Photo courtesy Air Station Sitka

KODIAK, Alaska – A Coast Guard Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew medevaced a 50-year-old man reportedly suffering from internal bleeding from Edna Bay 30 miles northwest of Klawock to Sitka Thursday.

The 17th Coast Guard District command center received a call from emergency medical service personnel in Edna Bay at 10:09 a.m. requesting the medevac.

The helicopter crew, already in flight for a routine patrol, returned to Sitka to refuel the aircraft and pick up a Coast Guard flight surgeon to provide more advanced in-flight medical care to the patient.

The helicopter crew arrived in Edna Bay at 12:25 p.m. and transferred the patient from local EMS to the helicopter. They arrived safely in Sitka at 1:42 p.m. and delivered the patient in stable condition to awaiting EMS for treatment at Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital.

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