US Coast Guard rescues sick man off boat

    Kodiak, Alaska (KINY) An ill man had to be rescued off a fishing vessel.

    A press release from the Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak said the ill man suffered from abdominal pain and vomiting Sunday.  An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew responded to the 143 foot fishing vessel located about 230 miles north of Cold Bay.  He was transported by the helicopter to Cold Bay and a LifeMed aircraft crew than transported him to Anchorage for treatment.

    The 35-year old man had been checked out by the duty flight surgeon who recommended the medevac.  Weather at the scene included 14 mile per hour winds and 8-foot seas. "Coordinating a medevac more than 200 miles offshore is challenging," said Petty Officer First Class Seth Caron, District 17 command center watchstander. "Our training and excellent communication between the Coast Guard, LifeMed, Health Force Partners and the American No.1 crew enabled us to safely get this man the care he needed."


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