Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - A man was rescued Tuesday after his spouse had reported a sudden stop in his texting, and him last communicating that there were troubles with the amount of oxygen on board.
At 9:38 in the evening Monday, personnel at the Sector Anchorage Command Center received a request for assistance from the 68-year-old crewmember’s wife, who reported that her husband had suddenly stopped texting her after stating he was ‘in trouble’ due to lack of oxygen on board the vessel.
Coast Guard said they made multiple attempts to communicate with the vessel, but was unsuccessful.
The aircrew arrived on the scene at midnight and found the crewmember was having trouble breathing and had no access to oxygen.
Communications on the scene were reportedly found to be severely degraded.
A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak aircrew medically evacuated the crewmember from the fishing vessel Tuesday.
The MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew safely hoisted and transported the patient to commercial services in Cordova for further medical care.
Weather on scene showed 10-12 knot winds with an air temperature of 43 degrees and a water temperature of 47 degrees.