A U.S. Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew medevacs a crewmember
from the cargo ship APL China, Aug. 22, 2012, in the Gulf of Alaska. The
crewmember was taken to land where he will be transferred to a HC-130
Hercules airplane that will take him for advanced medical care. The
Coast Guard responded to the medical emergency by diverting multiple
assets including aircraft from Air Station Kodiak, Alaska and USCGC
Bertholf. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Timothy
Guard performed back-to-back medevacs of two heart attack patients aboard
separate cargo vessels out in the Aleutians on Wednesday. The Coast Guard
released the information yesterday.
call came Tuesday morning, when the Netherlands-flagged ship BBC Denmark
reported that a 48-year-old mariner was showing signs of a heart attack. The
vessel was nearly 600 miles southwest of Unalaska at the time, and made way
toward Adak in an effort to meet a Coast Guard helicopter crew off the cutter
Munro. The helicopter was able make contact with the BBC Denmark on Wednesday
morning, and the patient was successfully transported to Adak and then on to
Anchorage for further care.
day, the Coast Guard received a second call from the container ship APL China,
reporting a similar situation happening 225 miles east of Unalaska. The Coast
Guard was able to send a helicopter to pick up the 54-year-old patient on
Wednesday evening. The man was then sent to Anchorage by way of Sand Point.
At the time
of the transfers, both men were reported to be in stable condition.