KODIAK, Alaska – A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak aircrew, forward-deployed to Cold Bay, medically evacuated a mariner from a vessel 220 miles south of Dutch Harbor, on Wednesday.
The MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter aircrew hoisted the 44-year-old man from the 550-foot container ship FPMC 33 and safely transported him back to Cold Bay for a wing-to-wing transfer with LifeMed Alaska personnel who then transported him to a higher level of medical care.
Watchstanders at the Coast Guard 17th District command center, in Juneau, received the initial request for the medevac on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. from the vessel’s crew that a fellow crewmember had reportedly broken his legs.
Watchstanders at the Coast Guard 17th District command center requested the FPMC 33 meet the Air Station Kodiak aircrew at a rendezvous point approximately 220 miles south of Dutch Harbor to safely embark the patient.
“Crewmembers aboard the FPMC 33 were able to stabilize the man as the ship transited to the rendezvous point,” said Master Chief Petty Officer Christopher Cole, Coast Guard 17th District command duty officer. “Through the coordination of Sector Anchorage watchstanders
The patient was reportedly in stable condition during the time of the rescue.