Juneau, Alaska (KINY) A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew medevaced a 59-year-old man from the 210-foot fishing vessel Ocean Rover approximately 70 miles west of Cold Bay, Alaska, Sunday morning.
The Jayhawk helicopter crew forward deployed to Cold Bay hoisted the man and safely transported him to Cold Bay where emergency medical services personnel waited for further transfer to Anchorage, Alaska.
Watchstanders at the 17th Coast Guard District command center received a medevac request from Health Force Partners for a man suffering abdominal pain Sunday at approximately 6:26 a.m. Watchstanders notified the Coast Guard duty flight surgeon who recommended the medevac. "This is exactly why we have our assets forward deployed to Cold Bay during the winter fishing season,” said Lt. Danny Piazza, 17th district command center command duty officer. “Our crews can eliminate hours of flight time in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands, ensuring the safety of mariners.”
On scene weather at the time of the medevac was 20-mph winds, 10-foot seas and 10 miles visibility.