Ailing crewmember rescued by Coast Guard

A 35-year-old crewmember aboard a 143-foot fishing vessel American No. 1, was medevaced by a U.S. Coast Guard crew 230 miles north of Cold Bay on Dec. 4, and transported to Cold Bay for a LifeMed aircraft flight to Anchorage for further medical care.

A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew went into action after being notified by Health Force Partners that the man was suffering from abdominal pain and vomiting.

“Coordinating a medevac more than 2,300 miles offshore is challenging,” said Petty Officer First Class Seth Caron, District 17 command center watchstander. “Our training and excellent communication between the Coast Guard, LifeMed, Health Force Partners and the American No. 1 crew enabled us to safely get this mam the care he needed.”

The Coast Guard said that weather on scene during the medevac was 14 mile-an-hour winds and 8-foot seas.