USCG Medevacs Ailing Man Near Sitka, Alaska

By Joseph R. Fonseca
Friday, June 27, 2014


An Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew medevaced an ailing 50-year-old man from a skiff on a beach 27 miles northwest of Sitka, Thursday.

The Jayhawk crew landed on the beach where they met the man who was being transported by a skiff deployed off the 83-foot Canadian flagged passenger ship Nautilus Swell, anchored in a nearby cove. He was safely transported via helicopter to commercial emergency medical services in Sitka.

Coast Guard Sector Juneau Command Center watchstanders received the request by VHF radio from the Nautilus Swell that the man was reportedly suffering from cardiac arrest symptoms. The Coast Guard duty flight surgeon recommended the need to medevac the man and deliver him to a higher level of medical care. 

“The expert planning and coordination of our crewmembers and the crew of the Nautilus Swell enabled us to safely get this man to the medical care he needed,” said Tom Carella, a search and rescue controller with the Coast Guard Sector Juneau Command Center.

Weather on scene at the time of the incident was reported as calm.

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