A Jayhawk helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak medevacked a 48-year-old man suffering from chest pains on Friday, September 2, from a 1,093-foot motor vessel 60 nautical miles south of Dutch Harbor.
The patient was airlifted to a LifeMed Alaska air ambulance in Cold Bay.
Watchstanders from the 17th Coast Guard District command center had received a report on Wednesday, August 31, that a crew member was experiencing chest pain. At that time the vessel was some 1,250 nautical miles southwest of Dutch Harbor and was directed to make way to a location for
rendezvous with the Coast Guard.
“Long range medevac cases are always unique situations that involve coordinating our aircrews to the nearest launching point,” said LTJG Calean Juckniess 17th District command duty officer. “Planning between the command center, the aircrew, and the vessel led to the success of the response.”