19-year-old crewman was medevac'd from a trawler off Kodiak Island Sunday
night. Coast Guard spokesman Kurt Fredrickson said an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter
crew from Air Station Kodiak responded after the call came in at about 7:30
p.m. The chopper arrived about an hour latter and hoisted Michael Calahan
injured when his right arm was pinched in a piece of hydraulic equipment while
working aboard the fishing vessel Collier Brothers, about 34-miles northeast of Kodiak city.
helicopter was called in after the Coast Guard flight surgeon on duty
determined a medevac was the best course of action for the patient based on his
helicopter returned to Kodiak about a half-hour later, where Calahan was
transferred to awaiting emergency medical technicians who brought him to
Providence Kodiak Island Medical Center. His condition was reported as stable.
pilot Lieutenant David Feeney said most medevacs from Kodiak are usually done
in bad weather a long distance for shore, but weather conditions during the
medevac saw winds of five mph, five-foot swells and scattered clouds.
vessel Collier Brother is home ported in Portland, Oregon.