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Coast Guard medevacs mariner near Juneau

Hikers near Seward rescued by boat crew

Posted: July 14, 2013 - 3:15pm  |  Updated: July 15, 2013 - 12:01am

JUNEAU — The Coast Guard sent a 45-foot vessel to medevac an ailing crewman from a fishing vessel south of Juneau Sunday.

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

Sector Juneau command center watchstanders heard a distress call over the radio from the vessel and the small boat crew rendezvoused with the fishing vessel 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.”

Another rescue Sunday, this one in Southcentral, involved a Coast Guard cutter and some unprepared hikers.

The Cutter Mustang’s small boat crew rescued three stranded but uninjured hikers from Tonsina Point, five miles south of Seward, Sunday and brought them back to Seward.

“The hikers left Seward on a walk late Saturday evening with only a half-gallon of water and a few snacks. During the night the tide came in and stranded them. They started a fire to keep warm, but had no tree cover or gear to protect them when it began raining,” the Coast Guard said in a release,

The hikers notified the Seward Police of their situation via cell phone just after 4 a.m., who in turn notified Coast Guard Sector Anchorage command center watchstanders, prompting the launch of the small boat crew.

“Alaska’s extreme environment requires thoughtful preparation before beginning an adventure,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Michael McCandless, a watchstander at the Coast Guard Sector Anchorage command center. “You never know when things will take a turn for the worse, so always carry any necessary gear and provisions, a means of communication and always let someone know where you are going.”

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