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Coast Guard conducts medevac near Juneau

45-foot Response Boat-Medium
Date: July 14, 2013
D17 External Affairs

JUNEAU, Alaska — A Coast Guard Station Juneau 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew medevaced an ailing mariner from a fishing vessel south of Juneau Sunday.

The response boat crew safely transported the 27-year-old man, reportedly suffering from stroke-like symptoms, from the 32-foot gillnetter Jessie Girl in Slocum Inlet to awaiting emergency medical services in Juneau.

Coast Guard Sector Juneau command center watchstanders received a distress call over the radio from the master of the fishing vessel and immediately directed the launch of the small boat crew.

The crew rendezvoused with the fishing vessel, safely embarked the ailing man and returned to a pier in Juneau to transfer the man to emergency medical personnel.

“Station Juneau has a crew ready to respond to emergency situations at all times,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Christopher Harkins, a Sector Juneau watchstander. “Once an emergency situation is identified, we work closely with local medical personnel to get injured or ailing people to a higher level of care as quickly and safely as possible.”