Coast Guard medevacs possible heart attack victim from Akutan

JUNEAU, Alaska – Two Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk rescue helicopter crews medevaced a 58-year-old Solilian man from Akutan Processing Plant Clinic reportedly suffering a heart attack Wednesday.

A physicians assistant at the Akutan Clinic reported to 17th Coast Guard District command center that Jama Adan was showing symptoms of a heart attack at 7:58 a.m.

The Coast Guard launched two forward-deployed Jayhawks with a Coast Guard Emergency Medical Technician on board one of them from St. Paul at 10:20 a.m., flying 240 miles to arrive in Akutan at noon. After safely securing Adan in the Jayhawk, he was flown 165 miles to Cold Bay arriving about 1:30 p.m. Adan was then transferred to Lifeflight Air Ambulance and taken to Anchorage where local emergency medical services were waiting.

“These emergency medical evacuations present added challenges in Alaska due to the remote locations, vast distances and ominous weather conditions,” said Captain Michael Inman, Chief of Response Division for 17th Coast Guard District, “Our rescue crews are routinely charged with overcoming these obstacles and meeting all mission requirements including a safe return.”

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