An MH-60 Jayhawk from Coast Guard Air Station Sitka conducts a training flight on Dec. 11, 2006. (U.S. Coast Guard photo / Petty Officer 1st Class William Greer)

An MH-60 Jayhawk from Coast Guard Air Station Sitka conducts a training flight on Dec. 11, 2006. (U.S. Coast Guard photo / Petty Officer 1st Class William Greer)

Coast Guard medevacs fisherman near Sitka

Foul weather initially interfered with the rescue

Coast Guardsmen from Coast Guard Air Station Sitka rescued a fisherman experiencing a medical emergency from a vessel near Snipe Bay, south of Sitka, the Coast Guard announced.

The initial call came in Friday night, according to a Coast Guard news release. A 24-year-old man aboard the vessel F/V Carol D had an infected tooth and was suffering from complications. Rough weather at sea prevented a safe transfer Friday night, but on Saturday, skies had cleared enough to launch the MH-60 Jayhawk.

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At approximately 7 a.m, the aircrew was hoisted off the vessel and transported to medical personnel onshore at Sitka, according to the Coast Guard.

The weather at the time of the recovery was 20 knots with 2-4 nautical miles of visibility.

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

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