Coast Guard watchstanders received a request for the non-maritime medevac of a 70-year-old Angoon man with abdominal pains.
Commercial resources were unable to respond due to low visibility. An Air Station Sitka Jayhawk helicopter crew was able to medevac the man and take him to emergency medical personnel in Sitka.
Tuesday, Jan. 24
The 58-foot fishing vessel Kimberly ran aground in Jute Bay about 110 miles west -southwest of Kodiak with four people onboard.
An Air Station Kodiak Jayhawk helicopter crew launched Tuesday night but due to high winds with gusts exceeding 90 knots, the crew was unable to conduct safe hoisting operations. After several attempts, the crew was forced to return to the air station for fuel. About 10 a.m. Wednesday, the four men were safely hoisted and taken to Kodiak emergency medical personnel.
The four survivors were exhibiting hypothermic conditions and were taken to Providence Kodiak Island medical center for further care.
The fishing vessel Heritage hailed Sector Anchorage watchstanders stating their vessel was taking on water with seven crewmembers onboard. Five crewmen were able to embark their life raft and two crewmembers entered the water after their vessel quickly sank.
Since a Jayhawk helicopter crew was transiting to the Kimberly crew, it quickly diverted to assist the Heritage crew. The hoist of the fishermen in the water was quickly executed and the crew of the good Samaritan tug Tuxedni rescued the five from the life raft.
All survivors were reported to be in good condition and did not need medical attention.