States Coast Guard launched two aircraft from Air Station Kodiak this
(Tuesday) morning to conduct an evacuation from a cargo ship approximately 200
miles south of Adak, or about 1,000 miles from
here. A 51-year-old crewman is reported to have suffered a stroke aboard the
Marshall Islands-flagged ship.
The Coast Guard
received a phone call Monday around 1:45 a.m. from the agent of the 621-foot bulk
carrier, Sparrow, requesting a medevac for the Second Officer. The Sparrow
crew was able to temporarily treat the Ukrainian man aboard the vessel after he
began exhibiting signs of a stroke.
An MH-60 Jayhawk
helicopter and an HC-130 Hercules airplane are scheduled to leave Adak about 10
a.m. Wednesday morning, and conduct the medevac and return to Adak. If all goes well, the patient will then be transferred
to a Life Flight Air Ambulance and flown to Anchorage to receive medical care.
spokesman Captain Michael Inman says the distance and weather conditions will
make the medevac attempt a challenge. A North Pacific low pressure system is
moving in from the west, and Iman said the combined travel of both aircraft will
exceed 4,000 miles, which is equivalent to flying from St. Louis
Island-flagged vessel was en route from Vancouver,
British Columbia, to Indonesia.
of the patient is unknown at this time.