Coast Guard evacuates injured fishermen near Dutch Harbor

A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak aircrew, forward deployed to Cold Bay from Kodiak, evacuated a mariner with a hand injury on Tuesday from a fishing vessel near Dutch Harbor.

The MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter aircrew hoisted the 47-year-old man from the 310-foot fishing vessel Northern Eagle and transported him to Cold Bay for a transfer with Life Med Alaska personnel.

The call for help came in early on Tuesday, and watchstanders from the Coast Guard 17th District command center requested that the vessel meet the Air Station Kodiak aircrew at a rendezvous point some 30 miles north of Cold Bay to transfer the patient.

The Coast Guard Cutter Munro also came to the scene to provide assistance if needed.

Air Station Kodiak MH-60 pilot Lt. Cody Harris said he was glad there were multiple Coast Guard assets on scene and that the aircrew was able to respond to get the man to a higher level of medical care.

The patient was reportedly in stable condition at the time of the medevac.


LifeMed Alaska then transported the man from Cold Bay to Anchorage for further care.

Weather conditions at the time of the rescue were 15-20 mile-an-hour winds, six-foot seas, an air temperature of 35 degrees, and a water temperature of 41 degrees, the Coast Guard said.