Coast Guard medevacs injured woman

Wednesday, February 19, 2014 - 23:00

A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew medevaced an injured mariner from a vessel 70 miles northwest of Cold Bay on Feb. 12.

The helicopter crew safely transported the patient to emergency medical services in Cold Bay for a commercial flight to Anchorage.

Coast Guard Communication Station Kodiak received a call Wednesday afternoon from the master of the 680-foot fish processing vessel Ocean Phoenix who reported that the 25-year-old female crewmember was suffering from chest pains and needed medical assistance.

Watchstanders at the Coast Guard 17th District Command Center directed the launch of a Jayhawk helicopter crew from a forward operating location in Cold Bay.

“This case illustrates the effectiveness of standing forward operating locations throughout Alaska,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Timothy Daugherty, a watchstander with the Coast Guard 17th District. “These seasonal FOLs allow us to respond to maritime emergencies quickly and transports those in need of medical assistance reach a higher level of care.”

Weather on scene was reported as 27 degrees, wind speed at 26 mph, visibility at 3.5 miles and snowing.

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