Alaska’s Weekly News Update

A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak helicopter crew, Coast Guard Base firefighters and Kodiak emergency medical personnel transfer a 19-year-old male from an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter to an ambulance at Air Station Kodiak Aug. 18, 2011.

Aug. 12 – A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter rescue crew hoisted a 22-year-old Filipino man from the 619-foot container ship Star Gran about 240 miles southwest of Kodiak. The man was suffering symptoms of appendicitis. He was transferred to Kodiak’s emergency medical personnel at about 8:30 am for further care.

Aug. 12 – Coast Guard personnel from Marine Safety Detachment Kodiak and the Coast Guard Base Support Unit Kodiak Fire Department monitored the removal of a single-engine Piper airplane near the Kodiak runway. The small plane, part of the Island Air fleet, crashed into the water just off the end of the runway upon return to Kodiak during a test flight, but neither person aboard was injured and no significant pollution was sighted

Aug. 13 – A Kodiak-based Jayhawk helicopter crew medevaced a hiker stranded at the 2,800 foot elevation mark from Heney Mountain about two miles northwest of Cordova. He was safely hoisted and taken to the Cordova clinic then to Anchorage via commercial services for further evaluation.

Aug. 14 – Sector Juneau received notification about a possible red flare sighting near Battery Island and Sitka Harbor. An Air Station Sitka Helicopter crew conducted a search with no results. The case was suspended.

Aug. 16 – A 25-year-old male was stranded on a ledge at 1,000-feet on Barometer Mountain on Kodiak Island. The Alaska State Troopers activated the Kodiak Island Search and Rescue Team. An Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew assisted KISAR by locating the man and placing a KISAR team on the mountain. The man was hoisted and returned to Air Station Kodiak with no reported injuries.

Aug. 17 – The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter SPAR medevaed a 55-year-old male with complications from high blood pressure from the 83-foot fishing vessel Maverick more than 200 miles to St. Paul. The SPAR was about 20 miles from the Maverick when the call came thru. The Cutter SPAR crew safely arrived in St. Paul and transferred the man in good condition to the awaiting commercial life flight.

Aug. 17 – Sector Juneau watchstanders received a VHF Channel 16 mayday call from fishing vessel Sea Air. The master stated the vessel was taking on water and may not make its transit back to Craig. A good Samaritan vessel and crew responded to Sector Juneau’s urgent marine information broadcast and delivered a pump that allowed the vessel to keep up with the flooding and continue making way. Sector Juneau launched an Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew to deliver additional pumps but the assistance was refused when the helicopter got on scene. The Sea Air F/V safely moored in Craig.

Aug. 18 – A Kodiak-based MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew medevaced a 19-year-old fisherman with reported severe facial injuries from Ouzinkie to Kodiak. The was reportedly injured when a line onboard the 38-foot fishing vessel Kittywake parted and hit him across the face causing injuries to his nose, facial bleeding and swelling around his eyes. The Jayhawk crew arrived in Ouzinkie at 10:45 a.m., safely picked up Cornelius and transported him to Kodiak arriving at 11 a.m. Kodiak emergency medical services transported Cornelius to Providence Kodiak Island Medical Center for further medical care.

Aug. 19 – Cmdr. Kevin Riddle relieved Cmdr. Andrew Raiha as commanding officer of the Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley during a formal change of command ceremony aboard the cutter.

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