Deck Watch: How to stay safe in the backcountry of Alaska

Lt. Hudak gives search and rescue presentation

Lt. Crystal Hudak, a resident of Jackson, Miss., answers a question during a search and rescue presentation from a student in a class at Dzantiki’I Heeni Middle School in Juneau Friday, Jan. 7, 2011. Hudak is a command duty officer in the 17th Coast Guard District rescue coordination center in Juneau and demonstrated to a class of middle school students the importance of using math during search and rescue situations. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Walter Shinn.

Lt. Crystal Hudak, a search and rescue controller at the Coast Guard 17th District command center in Juneau, Alaska, details how to be best prepared for an emergency while in the Alaskan backcountry, Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012. Deck Watch is a weekly five-minute radio program covering Coast Guard news and operations in Alaska. To listen to the show click here.

In other Coast Guard news:

Oct. 26 – The Coast Guard medevaced a 37-year-old woman 50 miles inland from Point Hope. The woman was transported by an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew predeployed aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Midgett and taken to Point Hope for advanced medical care. Coast Guard 17th District watchstanders were contacted at 3:34 p.m. by North Slope Borough Search and Rescue, who requested Coast Guard assistance to rescue the woman who suffered a back injury while operating an all terrain vehicle. The Dolphin helicopter and crew launched from the Midgett at 5:01 p.m. and arrived on scene at 5:53 p.m. They successfully loaded the injured woman via stretcher onto the aircraft and transported her to Point Hope, where she was transferred to waiting emergency medical services who took her to Point Hope Hospital for treatment.

Oct. 31 – The 17th District command center watchstanders received a request for a medevac from Danger Bay logging camp on Afognak Island for a 26-year-old man who suffered a crush injury when a log rolled onto his foot. Although the patient’s life and foot were not in immediate danger, the weather was expected to deteriorate, possibly preventing commercial air operations. The 17th District ordered the launch of an Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter and crew, who safely transported the man to emergency medical services in Kodiak.

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