Coast Guard: Man suffering heart attack in Afognak Bay medevaced
A man who was reportedly suffering from a heart attack on a boat was rescued by Coast Guard crews in Afognak Bay Sunday morning, according to U.S. Coast Guard officials.
Coast Guard cutter and Jayhawk helicopter crews responded to the vessel anchored near Posliedni Point in Afognak Bay after Sector Anchorage watchstanders received a report from a woman stating her husband was suffering from symptoms of a heart attack, USCG wrote in a statement on Sunday.
A Sector Anchorage search and rescue coordinator determined a medevac was necessary and Anchorage watchstanders helped direct Air Station Kodial's helicopter crew and Naushon's boat crew.
"The Naushon crew launched their small boat and took the 65-year-old man and his wife on board the cutter," USCG wrote. "The Jayhawk helicopter crew hoisted the man from the Naushon and transported him to awaiting emergency medical personnel in Kodiak, Alaska."
The wife was transported to Kodiak.
“With unreliable communications between the command center and the couple and the severity of the man’s condition, we knew we needed to get on scene as quickly as possible,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Lindsey Helmbrecht, a Sector Anchorage watchstander. “The Naushon crew was patrolling in the area and was able to take the couple on board and provide assistance while awaiting the Jayhawk crew to complete the medevac.”
Weather at the time was 4mph winds with calm seas.
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