Coast Guard medevacs man from vessel near Ketchikan, Alaska

A Coast Guard Station Juneau 45-foot Response Boat – Medium

Coast Guard 45-foot Response Boat-Medium file photo

KODIAK, Alaska — Coast Guard Station Ketchikan personnel medevaced a man from a vessel 34 miles southeast of Ketchikan, Alaska, Monday.

A 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew transited to the 65-foot pleasure craft Lady Crystal and took the 74-year-old man aboard the RB-M. He was safely transported to Ketchikan where awaiting emergency medical services personnel took him to Peace Health Ketchikan Medical Center.

Coast Guard Sector Juneau watchstanders received a phone call from the Alaska State Troopers reporting a man fell, was unresponsive and he was going in and out of consciousness. A Coast Guard duty flight surgeon recommended the man get to higher level medical care. Sector Juneau watchstanders directed the launch of an RB-M crew to meet with the Lady Crystal.

“By having the Lady Crystal transit toward the Station Ketchikan crew, we were able to decrease the transit time for the gentleman,” said Vince Grochowski, Sector Juneau command duty officer. “We hope he makes a full recovery.”

Weather on scene was 1-foot seas, 5-mph winds and 10 miles of visibility.

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