Coast Guard medevacs man from fishing vessel near Cordova, Alaska

A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk aircrew medevaced a 51-year-old man from the fishing vessel Devotion 34 miles southwest of Cordova, Alaska, Aug. 4, 2018. The man reportedly sustained a head injury then subsequently fell and needed a medevac to receive higher level medical care. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk aircrew medevaced a 51-year-old man from the fishing vessel Devotion 34 miles southwest of Cordova, Alaska, Aug. 4, 2018. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

KODIAK, Alaska – A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter aircrew medevaced a man from the fishing vessel Devotion 34 miles southwest of Cordova, Alaska, Saturday.

To better facilitate the hoist, the 51-year-old man from the Devotion was transferred to a nearby tug. The Jayhawk’s aircrew safely hoisted the man and transported him to Cordova, where he was transferred to awaiting emergency medical services personnel.

Coast Guard Sector Anchorage watchstanders received a relay call from the charter vessel Dan Ryan crew requesting a medevac for the man aboard the Devotion. It was reported the man sustained a head injury and subsequently fell. Sector Anchorage watchstanders consulted a Coast Guard duty flight surgeon who recommended the medevac.

“When we arrived to the scene, the fishing vessel was tied up to an offshore supply vessel, which made for a unique hoist,” said Lt. Joe Chevalier, a Jayhawk pilot during the medevac. “Through the coordination of the duty flight surgeon, Sector Anchorage watchstanders and the Devotion crew, we were able to get the man to higher level care quickly.”

Weather on scene was 15 mph winds, 2-foot seas, rain showers with a half-mile visibility.

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