Coast Guard rescues man suffering from heart problems near Sitka, Alaska

60 SitkaJUNEAU, Alaska – A Coast Guard Air Station Sitka aircrew medevaced a man from a charter vessel in Snipe Bay south of Sitka, Alaska, Tuesday.

The Air Station Sitka helicopter crew hoisted the man and transported him to Sitka where he was met by awaiting emergency medical services personnel.

Coast Guard Sector Juneau command center watchstanders received a medevac request from the captain aboard the Sapphire Blue for a 69-year-old man reportedly suffering heart problems. The duty flight surgeon was consulted and recommended the medevac.

“During the summer months there is increased activity on the water, and our crews stand watch around the clock,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Geno Kludt, Coast Guard Sector Juneau command center watchstander.  “Our crews train year round for moments like these, in the hopes of giving those in need a second opportunity to rejoin their families.”

The weather on scene at the time of the hoist was reported as 10 mph winds, 6-foot seas and 2 miles visibility.

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