Coast Guard Medevacs Unalaska Toddler
Tuesday, March 26 2013
A Coast Guard helicopter flew into Unalaska last night to medevac an 18-month-old girl.
The girl had consumed an adult medication that can be toxic to kids. Medical staff at the Iliuliuk Family and Health Services clinic referred the child to Anchorage for additional care. A Guardian Flight plane was not available locally to take the call, and Coast Guard Petty Officer David Mosley says local weather conditions would have prevented a dispatched flight from landing.
That’s when the Coast Guard was called to assist. Mosley says the cutter Rush deployed its MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from its patrol area in the Bering Sea fishing grounds. The helicopter landed in town around 6 p.m., and transported the child and her mother to Cold Bay, where they met a Guardian Flight plane at about 8:45 p.m.
Mosley says the girl was stable when she left the Coast Guard’s care, but he could not provide any additional information about her condition.