A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter aircrew forward-deployed to Cordova medevaced a 33-year-old man from fishing vessel Kelly Ann in Prince William Sound, Wednesday.
The Jayhawk aircrew safely hoisted the man and transferred him to awaiting Guardian Flight Services personnel in Cordova. The man was reportedly stable upon transfer.
“Our forward-operating locations are positioned strategically throughout the broad Alaskan area of responsibility for this exact reason,” said Michael McNeil, a Sector Anchorage command duty officer. “Our close proximity to this fishing vessel and crew allowed us to respond and transport this man in a timely manner to the higher level of care that he needed.”
Sector Anchorage Command Center watchstanders received a medevac request around 6 p.m. Wednesday, for a crewmember aboard the Kelly Ann who reportedly sustained a leg injury.
The duty flight surgeon recommended a medevac and the command center personnel directed the launch of an Aviation Support Facility-Cordova crew to assist.
On-scene weather was southwest winds gusting from 17-23 mph, five miles visibility and 2-3 foot seas.