KETCHIKAN, Alaska — The Coast Guard medevaced a man from a yacht anchored in Blank Inlet near Gravina Island, southwest of Ketchikan, today.
A 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew from Station Ketchikan, along with two paramedics from South Tongass Volunteer Fire Department, medevaced the 86-year-old man, who was reportedly experiencing stroke-like symptoms, and brought him to awaiting South Tongass Volunteer Fire Department EMS in Ketchikan.
Watchstanders in the Sector Juneau command center received a call at about 5:20 a.m. from the captain of the 55-foot yacht Graceful Lady, reporting intense pain and paralysis in his right leg. The Station Ketchikan response boat crew and volunteer paramedics arrived on scene at about 6:05 a.m.
“We have an excellent partnership with South Tongass Volunteer Fire Department and we’re proud to have worked together to get this man to the care he needed as quickly as possible this morning,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Isaak Linkous, response boat operator for the medevac.
Due to the lack of available commercial services, a second boat crew from Station Ketchikan was dispatched to tow the yacht, which still had three inexperienced mariners aboard, to Ketchikan.
On-scene conditions at the time of the medevac were 1-foot seas, no wind, 10-mile visibility and light rain.
The yacht’s home port is listed as San Diego, California.