Coast Guard logs fourth medevac in seven days

An injured crewman aboard the 210-foot F/V Ocean Rover was medevaced by the Coast Guard on March 4 from 65 miles northwest of Cold Bay back to Cold Bay for transport via a Guardian Flight to Alaska Regional Hospital in Anchorage.

It was the fourth Coast Guard medevac from ocean waters in just seven days.

An MH-65 helicopter crew forward-deployed aboard the Coast Guard Cutter John Midgett hoisted the 57-year-old man with a finger injury aboard the helicopter after the medevac was recommended by the Coast Guard duty flight surgeon.

On scene weather at the time included 20-30 mile an hour winds and six to eight-foot seas.

At the time the Cutter John Midgett was some 35 miles southeast of the Ocean Rover.

“This same helicopter crew has now conducted four medevacs over the past week in the vicinity of Cold Bay,” noted Chief Petty Officer Michael Haselden, command duty officer. “Having this helicopter crew deployed in the Bering Sea with Coast Guard Cutter John Midgett was a strategy that paid off tremendously for the fishing fleet.”