Coast Guard command center personnel at Sector Juneau received a 911 call relayed by the Sitka Fire Department concerning the skiff and its occupants after it grounded near Kanga Bay 10 miles south of Sitka Saturday night. It was reported that both passengers were ejected from the skiff when it struck the shore and the male passenger had suffered injuries to his head and face. The skiff then drifted away from the couple before they could secure it.
The Sitka Fire Department launched a boat to respond and Sector Juneau watchstanders requested a helicopter crew from Air Station Sitka. A Coast Guard MH-60 Jawhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Sitka arrived to the scene and hoisted both passengers, and the Sitka Mountain Rescue vessel crew located the skiff. The helicopter crew transferred both people to emergency medical personnel in Sitka.
“Our hoist capable helicopters are an ideal resource to respond to emergency medical situations in Southeast Alaska
,” said Lt. Jason Condon, Jayhawk pilot, Air Station Sitka. “This case was a good demonstration of the collective effort between the Coast Guard and Sitka Fire and Rescue to effectively combine our skills and assets in order to render assistance to these mariners.”
The weather on scene consisted of 11-mph winds and clear skies at 29 degrees.