Coast Guard medevacs man south of Seward, Alaska

Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter file photo by PA1 Kurt Fredrickson

Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter file photo by PA1 Kurt Fredrickson

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The Coast Guard medevaced a man who lost consciousness aboard a charter fishing vessel near Seward, Tuesday.

An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Aviation Support Facility Cordova hoisted the 61-year-old man, who was experiencing symptoms of a heart attack, from the fishing vessel Arctic Endeavor just off Cape Resurrection. The crew brought him to awaiting local EMS in Seward, where he was responsive and appeared to be in stable condition.

Watchstanders in the Coast Guard Sector Anchorage command center received the initial request for the medevac at approximately 10:22 a.m. from the captain of the Arctic Endeavor.

The helicopter crew was already airborne and in in the vicinity of the distress at the time of the call.

“Operating out of Cordova allows us to respond much more quickly to many of the search and rescue cases that happen this time of year,” said Lt. Daniel Beshoar, co-pilot for the case. “The Arctic Endeavor crew out of Seward today was extremely helpful, and with their cooperation we were able to get this man to the medical care he needed.”

Aircrews out of Air Station Kodiak take turns manning the Aviation Support Facility located in Cordova from May to September.

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