>Uncharacteristic medevac, by the book

>Last evening the SAR alarm was activated at 2000 for a MEDEVAC of a 19 year old who had severly injured his arm onboard the Fishing Vessel Collier Brothers. Part of the crew was already dressed out getting ready for an evening trainer the Aircraft Commander LT Brian McLaughlin, and I. The rest of the crew, Flight Mechanic AET2 Zach Atchison, Rescue Swimmer AST3 Eric Stoecker, and Corpsman HS1 Aaron Aytes, arrived a few moments later.

Airborne by 2025 with the CGNR6035 we obtained an updated position of the vessel and continued to scene. On scene, we deployed the rescue swimmer to prepare the patient for the hoist and minutes later recovered the patient via a basket hoist and the rescue swimmer with a bare hook. As we flew back to the airport the Rescue Swimmer and Corpsman stabilized the patient. We delivered the patient to an awaiting ambulance all with less than one hour of flight time. We were even able to continue with our training mission as scheduled.

This case was a little uncharacteristic of the normal Search and Rescue Cases prosecuted at Air Station Kodiak. The distance traveled to scene was minimal; the vessel was no more than 25nm offshore, where cases at Kodiak often reach transit distances over 1000nm. The weather was great; light winds, less than 2 foot swells, unlimited visibility, and right before sunset where crews often prosecute cases in zero visibility, blizzard conditions, monstrous seas, and in the middle of the night.

The crew did an excellent job prosecuting this case. Especially noteworthy was AET2 Zach Atchison. He conducted his first Search and Rescue hoist as a Flight Mechanic last night and executed it like a seasoned professional.

LT DAVID FEENEY
Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak, AK
MH-60 Jayhawk pilot

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