Coast Guard medevacs man from fishing vessel 70 miles north of Cold Bay, Alaska

A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew forward deployed aboard the Coast Guard Cutter John Midgett (WHEC-726) medevaced a 56-year-old man from the fishing vessel Vaerdal 70 miles north of Cold Bay, Alaska, Feb. 25, 2019. The man was suffering from chest pains, and he was safely transferred to awaiting emergency medical services in Cold Bay. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew forward deployed aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Midgett medevaced a 56-year-old man from the fishing vessel Vaerdal 70 miles north of Cold Bay, Alaska, Feb. 25, 2019.  U.S. Coast Guard photo.

KODIAK, Alaska — A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew, forward deployed aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Midgett, medevaced a man from the fishing vessel Vaerdal approximately 70 miles north of Cold Bay Monday.

Coast Guard 17th District Command Center watchstanders in Juneau received notification from Alaska Maritime Physicians Monday evening. They relayed communications for the fishing vessel Vaerdal for a crew member that was reportedly suffering chest pains.

Watchstanders briefed the duty flight surgeon and requested the launch of the helicopter crew.

The man was transported to local emergency medical services personnel in Cold Bay.

“This case demonstrates the importance of having helicopters deployed onboard cutters patrolling Alaskan waters,” said Chief Warrant Officer Joseph Ayd, command duty officer for the case. “Affecting timely response to medevacs and search and rescue is why we deploy a major cutter to the Bering Sea.”

On-scene weather at the time of the hoist included 25-mph winds.


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