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.

[Program allows some Alaska Native Vietnam vets to get land]

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.

More in News

Wild Shots: Photos of Mother Nature in Alaska

Reader-submitted photos of Southeast Alaska in autumn 2020.

Trump public lands boss removed for serving unlawfully

He served unlawfully for 424 days without being confirmed by the Senate, judge determined.

Juneau City Hall on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire)
Property taxes are due soon

City reminds there are several ways to pay.

City reports new cases, state announces 46th death

City and Borough of Juneau reported three new COVID-19 cases on Thursday.… Continue reading

Police calls for Friday, Sept. 25, 2020

This report contains public information from law enforcement and public safety agencies.

Associated Press
                                In this March 2017 photo, volunteer handlers guide teams out of the dog yard and down the chute to the starting line of the 45th Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Fairbanks, Alaska. The world’s most famous sled dog race will go forward in 2021, and officials are preparing for every potential contingency now for what the coronavirus and the world might look like in March when the Iditarod starts.
Iditarod preps for any scenario as 2021 race plans proceed

The world’s most famous sled dog race will go forward in 2021.

City, state announce new COVID-19 cases

Results in from Glory Hall testing, too.

Police calls for Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020

This report contains public information from law enforcement and public safety agencies.

Most Read