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Coast Guard Station medevacs woman near Juneau

Posted: May 24, 2013 - 2:32pm

KODIAK — A Coast Guard Station Juneau 45-foot Response Boat medevaced a female passenger from the 75-foot vessel Catalyst near Juneau Friday.

The boat crew rendezvoused with the Catalyst and safely removed the 58-year-old passenger, who was reportedly suffering heart attack-like symptoms, and transferred her to commercial medical services for further treatment.

Coast Guard Sector Juneau Command Center watchstanders were contacted by the crew of the Catalyst who requested medical assistance for the passenger. The Station Juneau crew launched a short time later.

“A case like this highlights the training and proficiency of our boat crewmembers,” said Petty Officer 3rd Class Matthew Powers, an operations specialist with Coast Guard Sector Juneau. “Shortly after we received the call we were able to respond quickly and get the patient to a higher level of care.”

The weather on scene at the time of the incident was 10 mph winds and 2-foot seas.

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