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

A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter

Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter file photo

KODIAK, Alaska – A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter aircrew, forward-deployed to Cold Bay, medevaced a 35-year-old man from the 305-foot fishing vessel Golden Alaska, 40 miles north of Cold Bay, Alaska, Wednesday morning.

The Jayhawk aircrew launched, conducted the medevac from the Golden Alaska and safely transported the man to the Cold Bay clinic. He was reported to have been in stable condition upon transfer.

At 10:54 p.m., Tuesday, Coast Guard 17th District Command Center watchstanders received notification from Health Force Partners requesting a medevac for a man aboard the Golden Alaska who was reported to have been suffering from severe leg pain. The watchstanders directed the launch of the Cold Bay aircrew to conduct the medevac.

“Our forward operating locations are critical to mission success in Alaska,” said Lt. Jeff Mistrick, a Jayhawk pilot on the medevac. “Alaska has more than 47,300 miles of shoreline and encompasses more than 3.8 million square miles of land that we are responsible for covering. Had it not been for our close proximity to this man, we may not have been able to hoist him as quickly as we did.”

A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter aircrew is forward-deployed to Cold Bay during the Alaska winter fisheries season in efforts to reduce response times for search and rescue cases.

On-scene weather was 12 mph winds, 2 to 3-foot seas with 12 miles visibility.


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