Injured fisherman aided by Coast Guard rescue

Coast Guard Lt. Dan Beshoar, an Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter pilot, awaits the arrival of an injured fisherman via small boat from the fishing vessel Rubicon, near the Kupreonof Strait, Kodiak Island, on Monday, July 20. The aircrew transported the man safely to awaiting emergency medical services in Kodiak. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Coast Guard

An injured fisherman aboard a 42-foot commercial fishing vessel north of Kodiak Island was airlifted to emergency medical services at Kodiak on Monday, July 20, by a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter crew.

Coast Guard officials said they had received notification from the wife of the fishing vessel’s master requesting a medevac for the injured man.

Within the hour an Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter responded to pick up and transfer the man from the F/V Rubicon to medical care in Kodiak.

Good communications from the boat and the captain’s expert seamanship enabled a very quick pick-up, said. Lt. Jared Carbajal, the aircraft commander on the case.

Weather at the time was 75 degrees, with 17-mile per hour winds and clear skies.