Coast Guard medevacs man from fishing vessel south of Juneau

On Wednesday, a Coast Guard Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew medevaced a man suffering chest pain from a fishing vessel in Stephens Passage near Port Snettisham, a narrow fjord 30 miles southeast of Juneau.

The Jayhawk crew hoisted the man safely from the F/V Kindred Spirit and transported him to Juneau to awaiting EMS for further medical care, according to a press release from the Coast Guard.

The Coast Guard in Juneau received the medevac request Wednesday evening from the crew of the Kindred Spirit for a man suffering from symptoms of a stroke. The Coast Guard flight surgeon recommended a medevac by helicopter.

“This hoist was one of the most challenging we have done, but our crew expertly hoisted the gentleman from an area on the deck where he could enter safely,” said Lt. Robert McCabe, an Air Station Sitka pilot. “The low visibility we encountered to and from the transit was well worth it to help the man get immediate medical attention.”

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