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

News Release

April 25, 2013


Coast Guard 17th District External Affairs Office

Contact: Coast Guard 17th District External Affairs Office

Email: D17-DG-PublicAffairs@uscg.mil

Office: (907) 463-2065

Coast Guard conducts medevac in Bering Sea, Alaska

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew medevaced a fisherman reportedly suffering from symptoms of intestinal bleeding more than 110 miles northwest of Cold Bay Thursday.

The helicopter crew, deployed aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Rush, arrived on scene with the fishing vessel Katie Ann and safely hoisted the 52-year-old crewmember. He was transferred him to commercial medical services in Cold Bay for further transport to Anchorage and additional medical care.

Coast Guard 17th District Command Center watchstanders received a call at 2:28 p.m. requesting medical assistance for the crewmember. The crew of the Rush was diverted toward the fishing vessel to reduce the flight distance for the helicopter crew.

"A case such as this highlights why we always have a cutter on patrol in the Bering Sea," said Lt. j.g. Evan Steckle, Coast Guard 17th District command duty officer. "Having a helicopter equipped cutter on patrol in the area, greatly reduces response times and helps us better ensure the safety of mariners at sea."

The fisherman was reported in stable condition at the time of the transfer in Cold Bay.

The Rush is a 378-foot High Endurance Cutter homeported in Honolulu. The Dolphin helicopter is the primary Coast Guard aircraft used aboard cutters during deployments. There are four Dolphins stationed at Air Station Kodiak.

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