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Press Release | May 4, 2023

Coast Guard medevacs man from cruise ship near Ketchikan, Alaska

KODIAK, Alaska — The Coast Guard medevaced a man from a cruise ship near Ketchikan Wednesday.

A 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew from Coast Guard Station Ketchikan medevaced the 36-year-old crewmember experiencing cardiac symptoms and brought him to awaiting EMS in Bar Harbor, Ketchikan.

Coast Guard watchstanders in the Sector Juneau command center received the request for the medevac from the cruise ship Konigsdam at about 6 p.m.

The Coast Guard boat crew met the cruise ship at a rendezvous point in Revillagigado Channel where the patient was brought aboard and transported to shore.

“When we get the call to help someone in distress, we drop everything and get underway as quickly and safely as possible,” said Petty Officer Samuel Bordenkecher, a boatswain's mate at Station Ketchikan. "Excellent communication among the captain and crew of Koningsdam, Sector Juneau watchstanders, South Tongass Volunteer Fire Department, and ourselves allowed us to get this man off the ship and to the medical care he needed as quickly as possible.”

The weather on scene during the time of the rescue included 1-foot seas and 10 knot winds.