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Press Release | May 6, 2023

Coast Guard medevacs mariner from vessel near Kodiak, Alaska 

D17 Public Affairs

KODIAK, Alaska — A Coast Guard aircrew medevaced a mariner Friday near Kodiak, Alaska. 

A Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter aircrew from Air Station Kodiak hoisted and transported the injured man from the 66-foot fishing vessel, Kema Sue, to awaiting Emergency Services Personnel at the air station.

At approximately 3:30 p.m., Sector Anchorage command center watchstanders received the request for assistance from the vessel’s crew, reporting the individual was experiencing abdominal pain. 

Sector Anchorage command center watchstanders directed the launch of a Jayhawk aircrew from Air Station Kodiak at approximately 4 p.m. to conduct the medevac.

The patient was transported from the air station to Providence Kodiak Island Medical Center to receive a higher level of medical care. 

"The crewmember's quick call for the injured man was crucial in the success of this operation," said Petty Officer Katie Brown, Coast Guard Sector Anchorage command duty officer. “As watchstanders, we coordinate and support our crews to ensure a safe and successful outcome for those in need and with the dedication from all members involved in this case, that’s what happened today.”

Conditions at the time of the rescue included 15-20 mph winds, 5-foot seas, an air temperature of 50 degrees and a water temperature of 42 degrees.