Coast Guard Responds to Medical Emergency

 McKinleyville, Calif. — At 10:45 a.m. Coast Guard Group Humboldt Bay received a “mayday” transmission from a 19-foot vessel in Arcata Bay. The vessel was reporting that a man on board was not breathing. Coast Guard Air Station Humboldt Bay diverted an HH-65C aircraft from a training mission to report to the bay to assist. Because of the aircraft’s low fuel state a second aircraft was launched to assist. Upon arriving on scene, the aircraft lowered the rescue swimmer and EMT gear to assist with CPR and prepare the injured person for transport to the hospital.

After lowering the swimmer, the helicopter departed the scene while a 25-foot Coast Guard response boat remained on scene awaiting the arrival of the second aircraft. While preparing the injured person for transport, the second aircraft arrived on scene. The man was hoisted to the aircraft and transported him to Saint Joseph’s Hospital. The man had suffered a heart attack and was pronounced dead at the hospital.

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