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17th District Public Affairs

U.S. Coast Guard

News Release

Date: Oct. 12, 2012

U.S. Coast Guard 17th District Public Affairs Anchorage

Contact: Petty Officer 1st Class David Mosley

Office: (907) 271-2660

Mobile: (907) 227-9248

Imagery Available: Alaska Coast Guard units prepare for winter operations

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JUNEAU, Alaska – A Coast Guard Air Station MH-60 Jayhawk rescue helicopter crew deployed in Cold Bay diverted from a training flight near Dutch Harbor to medevac a 26-year-old male who reportedly suffered head injuries aboard the 58-foot fishing vessel Cape Reliant 55 miles northeast of Dutch Harbor at 4:20 p.m. Nov. 9, 2010.  Tom Webster was medevaced after the 17th Coast Guard District command center in Juneau received notification from the Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley who relayed a request for a medevac by VHF radio from a crewmember aboard the Cape Reliant at 1:45 p.m. U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley.   KODIAK, Alaska - Lt. Doug Doll and Lt. Thomas Combs, MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter pilots from Air Station Kodiak load up and prepare to take off from Kodiak to Cold Bay where the helicopter will remain for the next 10 weeks as crews rotate through and standby to respond to any incident in the Western Alaska area Oct. 7, 2010. All of Air Station Kodiak's Jayhawk and HC-130 Hercules aircraft crews will support the forward operating location in Cold Bay either on site or logistically over the next 10 weeks. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Sara Francis.

KODIAK, Alaska – Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crews are preparing to deploy to forward operating locations in St. Paul and Cold Bay in preparation for the upcoming winter fisheries Monday.

The FOL in Cold Bay is scheduled to begin operations Oct. 15, for the start of the red king crab fishery. The FOL in St. Paul will open in January for the Opilio crab season.

Air Station Kodiak utilizes four FOLs throughout the state of Alaska to cut down response times to mariners in distress. In the summer, helicopter crews are deployed to Cordova and Barrow.

“Having forward operating locations in place around Alaska during peak seasons of maritime activity, greatly reduces the time it takes to respond to emergencies and allows us to save lives,” said Capt. Daniel Travers, chief of incident management, Coast Guard 17th District.

The FOLs in St. Paul and Cold Bay ensures the Coast Guard can assist fishermen working in and around Bristol Bay, the Bering Sea and the Aleutian Islands.

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