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Coast Guard medevacs crab fisherman near St. Paul (F/V North Sea)

Sts Peter and Paul Russian Orthodox Church, St...
Sts Peter and Paul Russian Orthodox Church, St. Paul Island, Alaska, on Nov. 6, 2010. About 500 people live on the island 775 miles west of Anchorage in the Bering Sea. The Alaska National Guard brought Christmas to the island early Nov. 6 as part of its 54th annual Operation Santa Claus outreach to the state's remote communities. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Jim Greenhill) (Released) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Date: Jan. 30, 2013
District 17 Public Affairs Detachment Kodiak

KODIAK, Alaska — An Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew, forward deployed to St. Paul, medevaced a crewmember from the 126-foot fishing vessel North Sea who was reportedly suffering seizure-like symptoms approximately 60 miles southwest of St. Paul Wednesday.

The helicopter crew safely hoisted the patient from the North Sea and successfully transported the crewmember St. Paul where he was transferred to awaiting emergency medical services for transport to further medical care in Anchorage.

Coast Guard 17th District watchstanders received a relayed request for assistance from Med Call Assist at 1:57 p.m. reporting that a 23-year-old crewmember aboard the North Sea was suffering from seizure-like symptoms and required medical assistance.

The helicopter and crew launched at 3:19 p.m., arrived on scene at 4:10 p.m., safely hoisted the patient aboard and transported him to St. Paul.

“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 Lt. Bernard Auth of the Coast Guard 17th District.

The weather on scene at the time of the incident was reportedly 6-foot seas and 29 mph winds.

The North Sea is a Seattle-based crab boat.


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