From the U.S. Coast Guard:
June 11, 2012
Coast Guard medevacs fisherman near Chignik
JUNEAU — Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak personnel this morning medevaced the captain of the fishing vessel Providence after he injured his hand near Chignik.
An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter and a supporting HC-130 Hercules airplane launched at 4:35 a.m. after Coast Guard watchstanders received a medevac request through the good Samaritan vessel Flying Ocean.
The injured captain of the Providence was transferred to the Flying Ocean and the Flying Ocean began making way toward Kodiak to shorten the helicopter's flight distance.
The Jayhawk reached the Flying Ocean near Sutwik Island and safely hoisted the patient at 6:54 a.m., then returned to Kodiak and transferred him to emergency medical services.
"Help from good Samaritans like the Flying Ocean crew significantly reduces response time in medevac cases," said Master Chief Jeremiah Roberts, a watchstander at the 17th Coast Guard District command center. "The willingness of mariners to help others on the water has saved countless lives, and the Coast Guard is grateful for their assistance."
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