This was an interesting week in the Bering Sea. Saturday started out as a quiet field day, cleaning the ship top to bottom. As the day progressed, the ship shifted gears to a more operational pace. It all began when the boat launched one of our small boats to do a boarding like we normally do until… Munro received a distress call about a fisherman who was reportedly going into cardiac arrest.

After the short notice of the situation I quickly dressed out into a dry suit suit, which is used for heavy, cold weather operations, and prepped all my medical equipment for the trip. Responding to the call with me was another Seaman who had a lot of EMT experience in the civilian world, which was comforting to me as a corpsman. The two of us were taken to the fishing boat in our other small boat. It was actually a really fun ride to the fishing vessel, even though the wind chill of Bering Sea was still cold enough to give me frost bite on a sunny day.

Once on scene, the patient was in stable condition and already breathing on oxygen. No problems breathing, no trauma, good vitals, and seemed fully conscious. My teammate and I were actually surprised. I don’t like to see any one in pain but it was a good change of pace to help out the fishing community of Alaska. This case could have been much worse and we are always ready to help – that’s the most rewarding part for me.

Photo: HS3 Castillo (right), conducts CPR training for MUNRO crewmembers.