Coast Guard medevacs man from Sea Fisher to Dutch Harbor

KODIAK, Alaska – A predeployed MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Kodiak safely medevaced a 23-year-old U.S. resident from the fishing vessel Sea Fisher 170 miles north of Dutch Harbor Tuesday.

The 17th Coast Guard District command center in Juneau received a call from Health Force Partners at approximately 10 p.m. requesting a medevac for the man suffering from abdominal distress and bleeding.

“We have a major air asset in the Bering Sea region at all times,” said Cmdr. Joe Deer, operations officer Air Station Kodiak. “We had prepositioned an MH-60 and an HH-65 in Cold Bay as other assets were unavailable. We had another rescue in the Gulf of Alaska and we were literally finishing up that case when the 60 crew in Cold Bay was called upon to fly more than 160 miles off shore.”

The crew battled reduced visibility and blowing snow reaching the vessel at 11:15 p.m. and conducted the hoist of the crewman in about 15 minutes. They safely delivered the man to emergency medical personnel in Dutch Harbor for further care at 12:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Weather on scene at the time of the hoist was reported as 15 mph winds with gusts to 30 mph, visibility of one mile, snow showers and an air temperature of 32 degrees.

Simultaneous to this rescue aircrews aboard an HC-130 Hercules aircraft and an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Air Station Kodiak conducted the rescue of four crewmembers from the Northern Belle 50 miles south of Montague Island in the Gulf of Alaska.

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