A lone hunter suffering from injuries some 60 nautical miles southwest of the city of Kodiak was medevaced by a U.S. Coast Guard crew early on Friday, Oct. 25 to emergency medical personnel at Air Station Kodiak.
The hunter was reportedly suffering from symptoms of an infection and complications after sustaining the injury on Oct. 16. The Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk aircrew landed in Deadman Bay near a public use cabin at 3:41 a.m. and completed the rescue successfully. Transport for more advanced medical services was not needed, according to Coast Guard officials.
Alaska State Troopers requested aircraft assistance from the Coast Guard after receiving notification of an activated satellite communication device from the International Emergency Rescue Coordination Center. With support from partners, the 17th District watch standers coordinated the medevac after consultation with the Coast Guard duty flight surgeon.
“This case demonstrates the importance of having emergency communication equipment readily available,” said Lt. Cmdr. Lisa Hatland, the district command center chief.