Watchstanders at the 17th District command center received a call from the F/V PHOENIX on Saturday, July 23rd, at about 11:24 p.m. The vessel was located approximately 160 nautical miles northwest of Cold Bay, Alaska at the time of the call.
The U.S. Coast Guard directed the launch of an Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter aircrew from the forward operation location at Cold Bay, which arrived on the scene at approximately 6:13 a.m. on Sunday, July 24th.
The crewmember was hoisted and transported to Cold Bay, where a Guardian flight was waiting to transport the 28-year old to a higher level of care in Anchorage, Alaska.
“The aircrews we have deployed to our seasonal forward operating locations help us to respond to these types of cases throughout Alaska,” said Lt. Lindsay Wheeler 17th District command duty officer. “They allow the Coast Guard to respond to emergencies in a shorter amount of time.”
If you are working on a ship or vessel and you are suffering from severe abdominal pain, notify your captain or supervisor immediately. The ship is able to consult with a physician by phone or radio for guidance. The U.S. Coast Guard may deem it necessary to medevac you to a hospital for proper treatment. If you are experiencing painful abdominal symptoms, do not wait; get help immediately. It is your right and it’s the law.
If you have been denied medical treatment while working on a vessel or feel that you need the advice of an experienced maritime lawyer, call Stacey & Jacobsen, PLLC today for a free case consultation at (877) 332-5529