Deck Watch deploys to Cordova

CORDOVA, Alaska - Petty Officer 3rd Class Erich Klinger, an aviation survival technician, Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Gustaveson, an avaition maintenance technician, Lt. Jon Bartel, an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter pilot and an Air National Guard pararescueman from the 212th Rescue Squadron transport one of two injured people from a Coast Guard Jayhawk in Cordova to an Air National Guard HC-130 Hercules aircraft for further transport to Anchorage May 6, 2011. By deploying aircrews to Cordova, the Coast Guard is able to aid mariners in distress more effectivly and efficiently in the Gulf of Alaska and Prince William Sound. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Scott Gordon.

Deck Watch radio features Coast Guard news and information across Alaska.  The feature this week is with Lt. Mark Heussner, an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter pilot and scheduling officer, regarding Air Station Kodiak’s recent deployment of air assets to Cordova for the busy spring and summer fishing seasons. 

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Here’s what else went on around Alaska:

April 30 – An Air Station Kodiak MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew forward deployed on the Coast Guard Cutter Munro transported a 43-year-old man and a 62-year-old woman from Akutan to Dutch Harbor.  Both individuals were experiencing pneumonia-like symptoms.  A commercial medevac service took the individuals from Dutch Harbor to Anchorage for further medical care.

April 30 – An Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew medevaed the master of the fishing vessel Island Dancer.  It was reported to Sector Juneau watchstanders the man was suffering from seizures.  He was taken to emergency medical personnel in Juneau for further care.

May 1 – An Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew medevaced a 39-year-old man from the fishing vessel Bearing Leader.  Personnel with Health Service Partners of Seattle reported the crewman was suffering from stroke like symptoms.  The rescue crew hoisted the man from the vessel and safely transported him to Cold Bay.  A commercial medevac service provided further transport to Anchorage.

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