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Coast Guard medevacs injured man from vessel near St. Paul, Alaska

News Release
Date: Jan. 10, 2014
Coast Guard 17th District External Affairs Office

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The Coast Guard medevaced an injured man from the fishing vessel Prowler
near St. Paul, Friday.

A Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Air Station Kodiak, forward deployed aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Munro, transported the man to emergency medical services in St. Paul after he was transferred to the Munro from the Prowler.

The crew of the Munro was notified of an injury to the man’s left eye by the crew of the Prowler, located 74 miles southwest of St. Paul and launched a smallboat crew to transfer the man to the Munro to be examined by a health service technician aboard the cutter.  The health service technician advised the man should be taken to St. Paul for further treatment.

“This case serves as an example of the versatility of our assets within the Bering Sea and North Pacific,” said Lt. Cmdr. Doug Watson of the Coast Guard 17th District response management department. “The crew of the Munro and its embarked Dolphin flight crew provided a timely response to the crew of the Prowler and demonstrated the value of both our sea and air assets.”

The Coast Guard maintains a medium or high endurance cutter, equipped with an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter, in the Bering Sea throughout the year to serve as a search and rescue and fisheries enforcement asset. The Munro is a high endurance cutter homeported in Kodiak.

Weather conditions at the time of the medevac were reportedly 11-mph winds with calm seas and rain showers. The Prowler is a 109-foot vessel homeported in Petersburg.

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