Captain rescued near Sitka

    Photo credit to US Coast Guard.

    Biorka Island, Alaska (KINY) - A U.S. Coast Guard aircrew and a good Samaritan boat crew medevaced the captain after he was injured aboard a fish processing vessel.

    Air State Sitka sent an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew to the area and they transported the injured man to the Sitka Fire Department emergency medical services for further care.

    Coast Guard Sector Juneau watchstanders said they received a report from the vessel Northwind just after 10:15 am Sunday.  They reported the captain had potentially severed several fingers.  The Jayhawk crew was on a training flight at the time and diverted to respond to the scene.

    They received a call for help over VHS channel 16.

    "It was great timing for everybody involved," said Lt. Justin Neal, co-pilot on the response. "We were maybe two minutes away and listening to channel 16 like we always do, somebody called out needing help and we were able to respond."

    A good Samaritan crew aboard the charter fishing vessel North River took the captain from the Northwind onto their vessel, then transported him to shore where he was transferred to the Jayhawk crew that landed nearby.

    "It was great that everybody was willing to help, and do what was required to get this person to a higher level of care," said Neal.

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