Man experiencing stroke symptoms on fish processing boat rescued

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The Coast Guard medevaced a man from a fish processing vessel about 50 miles of Cold Bay Monday.

    Watchstanders in the command center in Juneau received the initial medevac request from the 254-foot fish processor vessel, Phoenix, at 10:41 a.m. Monday. The master reported that a crew member was experiencing stroke-like symptoms, the Coast Guard said.

    Command center personnel directed the launch of a helicopter crew while Phoenix made way toward Cold Bay.

    The Dolphin helicopter aircrew, deployed aboard Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley, hoisted the 62-year-old man from the Phoenix, at 3:10 p.m.

    The patient was flown to Cold Bay and placed in the care of an air ambulance crew.

    “It’s been a busy few days for the Alex Haley crew and their embarked aircrew,” said Master Chief Petty Officer Christopher Cole of the command center. “They had two medevacs in four days and were essential in getting these individuals to a higher level of care.”

    They said the weather at the time of the hoist included 35 mph winds gusting to 40 mph, 10-foot seas and 7 mile visibility.

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