Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter aircrew

A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter aircrew, forward-deployed to Cordova, poses with a man they rescued after he was stranded for three days on Montague Island near Cordova, Alaska, June 13, 2019. The man exponentially increased his own rate of survival by donning a properly sealed survival suit while being stranded in a remote portion of Alaska. 

KODIAK — A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew, forward-deployed to Cordova, rescued a 66-year-old man stranded for three days on Montague Island on Thursday.

 The man was transferred to awaiting emergency medical services personnel in Cordova for further care. He was dehydrated but in stable condition upon transfer, according to a Coast Guard news release.

 “This case is exactly why having all available survival equipment on hand is an absolute necessity in Alaska,” said Lt. j.g. Angella Thuotte, a Sector Anchorage command duty officer. “With the severe temperature drops, even in the summer, preparation increases the likelihood of survivability.”

 The survivor was stranded for three days on the island after his vessel struck a rock and sank near Montague Island, according to the release.

 Sector Anchorage command center watchstanders received notification from a Good Samaritan vessel of people reported to have been seen in survival suits on the rocks near the southern tip of Montague Island at about 6 a.m. Thursday.

 After the Good Samaritan vessel was unable to establish contact or get to the people, an urgent marine information broadcast was issued. 

 The use of an Air Station Kodiak Jayhawk helicopter crew and a Coast Guard Station Valdez 45-foot Response Boat was granted to assist with the search. 

 Once on scene, an aviation survival technician deployed to the beach from the helicopter and confirmed that only one person was in a survival suit on the island. The aircrew hoisted the man from the beach and transported him to Cordova for additional care.

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