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Coast Guard medevacs man from fishing vessel near Cold Bay, Alaska


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KODIAK, Alaska — A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew medevaced a crewman from the fishing vessel Unimak, a 183-foot fishing trawler, near Cold Bay, Alaska, Friday. 

The Jayhawk crew safely hoisted the ill crewman from the Unimak, which was 46 miles northwest of Cold Bay, at 8:52 p.m. and transported him to emergency medical personnel at the Cold Bay Clinic at approximately 9 p.m. 

Coast Guard District 17 Command Center watchstanders in Juneau received notification from Health Force Partners stating a Unimak crewman had symptoms of dizziness and weakness, along with general confusion. A Coast Guard flight surgeon recommended a medevac.

An Air Station Kodiak HC-130 Hercules aircrew assisted the Jayhawk helicopter crew with the medevac by providing a communications platform, weather updates and wind evaluations. 

“When we operate off shore, like this medevac, we want the hoisting platform to focus on conducting safe hoist procedures, as this allows us to get the patient to a higher level of medical treatment as quickly as possible,” said Lt. Meg Peters, Air Station Kodiak public affairs officer. “The C-130 aircrew was able to relay real-time information to our district command watchstanders, which enabled the helicopter aircrew to focus on safely hoisting and providing medical care for the patient.”

Weather on scene at the time of the hoist was 12-mph winds with 10-foot seas.

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