Coast Guard rescues five in three separate incidents

Forwards deployed Coast Guard helicopter crews rescued five individuals in three separate requests for help during the third week of March.

On March 23, a forward deployed crew from Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak medevaced an unconscious and unresponsive 44-year-old man from the F/V Saint Peter 60 miles from Dutch Harbor and transported to Dutch Harbor. The medevac occurred in four-foot seas, with 17 mile an hour winds.

Two days earlier a Coast Guard Air Station Sitka helicopter crew rescued three people after their 40-foot steel hull commercial fishing vessel EH grounded in Peril Strait.

They were transported to Sitka, all in good condition.

The Jayhawk crew reported a 100-foot sheen and it was reported that the EH has a potential of 120 gallons of diesel fuel on board. The grounding is under investigation.

A 42-year-old man suffering from gastrointestinal problems aboard a bulk carrier about 65 miles southeast of Cold Bay was medevaced by the Coast Guard to Cold Bay for transport to a higher level of medical care.


Raymond Dwyer, a District 17 lead command center controller for the U.S. Coast Guard, said watchstanders had received a medevac request from Alaska Vessel Agent on the evening of March 20 and a Coast Guard duty flight surgeon recommended the medvac.

A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew pre-positioned at Cold Bay flew to the scene on March 21 to airlift the man from the M/V Elpida GR. The route and cargo of the bulk carrier was unknown.