Saturday, September 11, 2010

Ailing seiner crewman airlifted to Kodiak

From the U.S. Coast Guard:

Sept. 11, 2010

Coast Guard medevacs fisherman with possible shellfish poisoning

JUNEAU — A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter rescue crew this morning medevaced a 28-year-old male reportedly suffering from shellfish poisoning aboard the fishing vessel Miss Michelle in Kupreanof Strait 15 miles northwest of Kodiak.

Jonathon Botz was medevaced after a crewmember on the 55-foot seiner contacted the Sector Anchorage command center via satellite phone. Sector Anchorage in turn contacted the 17th Coast Guard District command center in Juneau at approximately 5 a.m. to coordinate the medevac with the duty flight surgeon.

After the flight surgeon recommended Botz be medevaced, the helicopter was launched at 6:20 a.m.

The crew of the Miss Michelle moored the vessel in Port Lions where the rescue helicopter crew landed and transported Botz to Air Station Kodiak. He was then taken to Providence Kodiak Island Medical Center.

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