Injured man medevaced northwest of Dutch Harbor

A crew member aboard a fish processing vessel who suffered serious injuries to his foot was medevaced by the Coast Guard on Thursday, March 17, some 92 miles northwest of Dutch Harbor.

The man was hoisted by a helicopter crew from the Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley from the 262-foot Processor America’s Finest and flown to Dutch Harbor to LifeMed personnel.

He had injured his foot earlier in the day 20 miles west of St. George Island.

Along with the Alex Haley, the Coast Guard launched a 130 Hercules aircraft from Air Station Kodiak.

Weather during the rescue was 30 mile and hour winds gusting to 40 mph and 15-foot seas, with heavy freezing spray.

“So many people contributed to the success of this case,” said Petty Officer First Class Jeffrey Dickey, a watchstander at the 17th District command center. “Thanks to the communication and continuous cooperation between America’s Finest, Alex Haley, command center personnel and the aircrews we were able to get this individual to a higher level of care.”