Injured mariner rescued north of Adak

An injured mariner aboard a cargo vessel 97 miles north of Adak was medevaced in a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter rescue on Nov. 26, after the man suffered a leg injury while working in heavy seas.

The Jayhawk helicopter crew hoisted the man from the Tianjin Pioneer, a 38,871 ton vessel flagged in Hong Kong, then transported him to Anchorage for medical care with a Coast Guard HC-130 Hercules aircraft.

The HC -130 was directed to the scene to provide coverage for the Jayhawk crew and transport for the patient from Adak to Anchorage.

“Having the Jayhawk and Hercules crews work in tandem is essential for long-range medevac cases,” said Adam DeRocher, a Coast Guard 17th District watchstander.

“Our crews often work as a team to get patients the medical care they need as efficiently as possible while keeping each other safe.”

Weather on scene at the time the crewmember was injured was reported as 50-mile-an-hour winds and two miles of visibility.