Fisherman evacuated northeast of St. Paul

A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter inside a hangar at Cold Bay in early October, so that Kodiak-based air crews can respond quickly during the winter fishing season. (Photo courtesy Petty Officer 1st Class Charly Hengen/Coast Guard District 17)

An injured crewman aboard a fishing vessel 50 miles northeast of St. Paul was medevaced by a Coast Guard helicopter crew on May 10 after he a storage crate fell on him as he stacked fish pans, causing a leg injury.

Coast Guard District 17 command center watchstanders in Juneau got the initial call from Health Force Partners and launched a Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter to assist with a C-130 Hercules aircraft crew providing communications cover.

When the Helicopter crew arrived on scene, a rescue swimmer was lowered to position the 51-year-old fisherman in a stokes litter, then brought him into the Jayhawk cabin and transports him to the St. Paul Clinic.

The helicopter crew was launched from Cold Bay after responding to an earlier case, said. Lt. John Post, Air Station Kodiak operations duty officer.

Weather on scene at the time of the medevac was 10 mile an hour winds and two-foot seas.