A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk aircrew medevaced an 83 year-old man experiencing symptoms of a possible heart attack aboard a cruise ship about 70 miles east of Kodiak Island on Wednesday, a Coast Guard news release said.
The Jayhawk helicopter crew hoisted the man, along with a nurse from the ship, and transferred them to awaiting emergency medical services at Air Station Kodiak, the release said.
Watchstanders at the 17th District command center in Juneau received a report from the captain of the cruise ship Statendam of a passenger suffering a possible heart attack and requested assistance. The duty flight surgeon recommended medevac and the helicopter crew was dispatched to the scene.
“The Coast Guard is routinely called upon to conduct medevacs from cruise ships in Alaska,” said Lt. Joey Schlosser, a Coast Guard 17th District operations unit watchstander. “Our hoist-capable helicopters allow us to transport patients and reduce the time it takes for them to receive medical care.”
The weather at the time of the medevac was reported as 15 mph winds with 5-foot seas.