The MH-60 Jawhawk crew rescued the 39-year-old man from the cargo ship in the Gulf of Alaska, about 160 miles east of Kodiak, and transported him to Kodiak for medical attention. He was listed in stable condition.
The Coast Guard received the medevac request Saturday morning and launched the Jawhawk crew and an HC-130 Hercules aircraft to help with the rescue.
“Coast Guard crews in Alaska often perform long range medevacs at sea,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Erik Ihle, an operations specialist at the 17th District command center. “To ensure the safety of our own crews, as well as those we are rescuing, we often deploy more than one asset to assist in a response.”
Weather at the time was reported as 23 mph winds with six-foot seas.