Coast Guard Medevacs Fisherman Near Chuginadak
Wednesday, August 20 2014
The Coast Guard medevacked an injured fisherman from near the Islands of the Four Mountains in the central Aleutians Wednesday.
The 27-year-old man was aboard the fishing vessel Patricia Lee at the time. The boat was near Chuginadak Island, home of Cleveland Volcano, when the man hurt his foot and needed medical attention.
Coast Guard public affairs officer Diana Honings says the cutter Alex Haley was nearby, with an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aboard.
"The Alex Haley was on a patrol through the Bering Sea, and they happened to be in the neighborhood when the man needed a medevac," she says.
The Haley sent its helicopter to hoist the injured fisherman from his 116-foot vessel. The man was flown to Unalaska for emergency treatment. Weather conditions were reportedly calm at the time.
It’s the first Coast Guard medevac in several months from near Unalaska. But Honings says this summer has been busy for rescues elsewhere in the state.