Sitka, Alaska (KINY) - A Coast Guard Air Station Sitka aircrew medevaced an 85-year-old male passenger near Sitka on Thursday.
The MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter aircrew arrived on the scene at approximately 8:23 p.m., hoisted the patient from the motor vessel Viking Orion, and transported him to awaiting EMS at Air Station Sitka for further medical care.
“The quick response, in this case, displays the dedication and readiness of our aircrews from Air Station Sitka,” said Lt. Preston Strobel, Sector Juneau command duty officer. “The patient was safely taken to further medical care.”
Coast Guard Sector Juneau watchstanders received a report at approximately 6:17 p.m. from the Viking Orion crew that a passenger aboard the vessel suffered symptoms of a stroke.
Weather on scene showed 12-14 knot winds with an air temperature of 47 degrees and a water temperature of 48 degrees.