Coast Guard medevacs woman from boat in Bering Sea
Coast Guard Cutter Sherman deployed a helicopter crew to save a woman suffering a medical emergency northwest of Unalaska.
The Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew, forward deployed on Cutter Sherman, were called out to medevac a 26-year-old woman from the fishing vessel Seattle Enterprise 140 miles northwest of Unalaksa Tuesday in the waters of the Bering Sea.
The Dolphin crew was able to hoist the woman to safety and transport her to Unalaska, where medical personnel was waiting.
The Coast Guard Command Center received a request from Health Force Partners in Seattle stating the woman was experiencing chest pressure. A Coast Guard flight surgeon recommended the medevac.
“Having a helicopter and crew aboard the Sherman allowed a quick response time in a remote area,” said Lt. j.g. Maren Murphy, a Seventeenth District command duty officer. “Our aviation detachment crews train for this and were able to quickly get the woman to advanced medical care.”
The Coast Guard says during the hoist, it was raining, there were 20-mph winds and six-foot seas.