Long Distance Medevac Off Alaska

KODIAK, Alaska – A long distance medevac is underway by the Coast Guard to assist the captain of a 751-foot bulk carrier more than 300 miles south of Sitka, Alaska.

At 4:23 p.m., the Coast Guard was contacted by the Rescue Coordination Center in Victoria, BC which received an e-mail requesting a medevac for the captain of the Glory Power.

The Coast Guard duty flight surgeon contacted the chief officer of the Glory Power and determined a medevac was necessary based on the captain’s symptoms.

The Glory Power was about 315 miles south west of Sitka when it was diverted north by the Coast Guard. The medevac will take place about 170 miles from Sitka.

A C-130 from Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak, Alaska and an HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Air Station Sitka were launched to conduct the medevac.

The chief officer holds a masters license and will take control of the Glory Power after the medevac of the captain.

The captain will be flown to Sitka where he will be transferred to awaiting emergency medical personnel for further medical treatment.

The Panamanian flagged Glory Power was traveling from Vancouver, BC to Japan.

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