Coast Guard medevacs mariner near Dutch Harbor, Alaska

Coast Guard Alaska News
KODIAK, Alaska — A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew, deployed aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley, medevaced a 40-year-old man from the 559-foot bulk carrier vessel Ken Ei 100 miles northwest of Dutch Harbor, Saturday.

The Dolphin crew transported the patient to Dutch Harbor where he was transferred to a Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew, forward deployed to Cold Bay. The Jayhawk flew him to Cold Bay and transferred him to commercial medical services where he was flow to Anchorage for a higher level of care.

Watchstanders of the Coast Guard 17th District command center in Juneau were contacted by the master of the vessel reporting that a crewmember was suffering from abdominal distress. The Coast Guard duty flight surgeon was contacted and concurred with the need for medevac due to the possibility of appendicitis.

“This case illustrated the importance of the Coast Guard having multiple units not only patrolling the Bering Sea but also forward deployed to remote seasonal locations around the state of Alaska,” said Chief Petty Officer Chris Cole of the Coast Guard 17th District command center. “Professional unit coordination was key to getting this man to the advanced medical care he needed.”

Weather at the time of the incident was reported as 40 mph winds and 7-foot seas.

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