A Coast Guard boat crew helped medevac a patient experiencing a medical emergency from the Ovation of the Seas late Tuesday to medical personnel in Ketchikan. (Courtesy photo / USCG)

A Coast Guard boat crew helped medevac a patient experiencing a medical emergency from the Ovation of the Seas late Tuesday to medical personnel in Ketchikan. (Courtesy photo / USCG)

Coast Guard carries out medevac, rescues stranded boaters

Across the state, the service stayed busy.

It’s been a busy week for Coast Guardsmen across Alaska, from a medevac near Ketchikan to Cordova, assisting visitors and Alaskans in distress.

The rescues follow a medevac near Sitka earlier in the week.

On Tuesday night, a boat crew from Station Ketchikan medevaced a 50-year-old man from the Ovation of the Seas who was experiencing stroke-like symptoms, according to a Coast Guard social media post.

The crew of the 45-foot Response Boat-Medium took the man aboard and transported him to Ketchikan before handing him off to emergency medical personnel, who took the man to PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center for higher care.


Elsewhere in the state, a Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak aircrew flying an MH-60 Jayhawk rescued three people after they ran aground near Cordova, according to a news release.

Sector Anchorage received a report from a good Samaritan that three people in a 14-foot raft had run aground on Tuesday evening and were unable to get ashore.

The aircrew arrived on-scene at 12:24 a.m. and hoisted the three, transferring them to Cordova EMS personnel for further care. All three were in stable condition, according to the news release.

“The bystander’s quick call for the three people in distress was crucial in the success of this rescue operation,” said Lt. j.g. Jacob Evertt, Sector Anchorage command duty officer. “Local emergency operators and Coast Guard Sector Anchorage personnel worked together efficiently allowing Air Station Kodiak to launch quickly to rescue the three people.”

• Contact reporter Michael S. Lockett at 757-621-1197 or mlockett@juneauempire.com.

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