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News Release

June 06, 2012

U.S. Coast Guard 17th District Public Affairs

Contact: Petty Officer 2nd Class Grant DeVuyst


Office: (907) 463-2065

Mobile: (907) 321-1866

Multimedia Release: Coast Guard conducts medevac south of Cordova

Editors Note: Click on the below images to download high resolution video and photos.

GULF OF ALASKA - An Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew medevacs a 57-year-old crewman from the Seattle-based fishing vessel Retriever in the Gulf of Alaska June 5, 2012. The helicopter crew conducted the medevac approximately 207 miles south of Cordova, Alaska. U.S. Coast Guard video by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Klingenberg.         GULF OF ALASKA - A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew medevacs a crewman from the 125-foot fishing vessel Retriever in the Gulf of Alaska June 5, 2012. The Retriever crewman was reportedly suffering from internal bleeding and was flown to Cordova Medical Center for further medical care. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Klingenberg.


JUNEAU, Alaska — Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak personnel medevaced an ailing crewmember from a fishing vessel more than 200 miles south of Cordova Tuesday evening.

A Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew forward-deployed to Cordova and a Coast Guard HC-130 Hercules airplane crew from Kodiak took off after the crew of 130-foot fishing vessel Retriever called 17th Coast Guard District watchstanders reporting that a crewmember was experiencing symptoms of internal bleeding.

The Jayhawk crew arrived on scene at 9:20 p.m. and safely hoisted the ailing crewmember before returning to Cordova and transferring the patient to emergency medical personnel at 11:20 p.m. for a commercial medevac to Anchorage.

"An effective communications system on the fishing vessel Retriever allowed them to contact the Coast Guard as soon as their crewmember's condition worsened," said Petty Officer 1st Class Robert Luna, a watchstander at the 17th District command center. "Having an air crew forward-deployed to Cordova allows us to respond to Gulf of Alaska cases like this quickly and efficiently."

The patient was conscious and able to walk from the Jayhawk to emergency medical services upon arrival in Cordova.

For more information on the Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak seasonal aviation support detachment in Cordova, click here.

For more information contact Petty Officer 3rd Class Grant DeVuyst at 907-321-1866. 


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