FOL Cordova crew medevacs injured fisherman in Prince William Sound

A U.S. Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter assigned to Air Station Kodiak flies over an active volcano near Cold Bay, Alaska, Feb. 7, 2019. Aircrews are forward-deployed to Cold Bay during the harsh Alaskan winter months to reduce search and rescue response times. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Bradley Pigage)

Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter file photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Bradley Pigage

KODIAK, Alaska – A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter aircrew forward-deployed to Cordova medevaced a 33-year-old man from fishing vessel Kelly Ann in Prince William Sound, Wednesday.

The Jayhawk aircrew safely hoisted the man and transferred him to awaiting Guardian Flight Services personnel in Cordova. The man was reportedly stable upon transfer.

At approximately 5:51 p.m., Coast Guard Sector Anchorage Command Center watchstanders received a medevac request for a crewmember aboard the Kelly Ann who reportedly sustained a leg injury.

The duty flight surgeon recommended a medevac and the command center personnel directed the launch of an Aviation Support Facility-Cordova crew to assist.

“Our forward-operating locations are positioned strategically throughout the broad Alaskan area of responsibility for this exact reason,” said Michael McNeil, a Sector Anchorage command duty officer. “Our close proximity to this fishing vessel and crew allowed us to respond and transport this man in a timely manner to the higher level of care that he needed.”

On-scene weather was southwest winds gusting from 17-23 mph, five miles visibility and 2-3 foot seas.

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