Injured fisherman airlifted by Coast Guard

An injured harvester aboard the F/V Kelly Ann in Prince William Sound was air lifted by the Coast Guard on Aug. 20. In Cordova, he transferred to Guardian Flight Services personnel, where he was reported to be in stable condition.

The Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter aircrew forward-deployed to Cordova responded when the Sector Anchorage Command Center received a medevac request, due to the fisherman having a leg injury.

“Our forward-operating locations are positioned strategically throughout the broad Alaskan area of responsibility for this exact reason,” said Michael McNeil, a Sector Anchorage command duty officer. “Our close proximity to this fishing vessel and crew allowed us to respond and transport this man in a timely manner to the higher level of care that he needed.”

Weather at the time of the hoist was reported as southwest winds gusting from 17 to 23 miles an hour, five miles visibility and two-three-foot seas.