OCEAN PHOENIX crewman eye injury

February 20, 2014  

OCEAN PHOENIX crew members contacted the Coast Guard, requesting a medevac for a 30-year-old crewmate who had suffered an eye injury about 34 miles northwest of Cold Bay, Alaska, on Sunday morning.

The Jayhawk crew located the 680-foot fish processing vessel and safely transported the patient to emergency medical services in Cold Bay for a commercial flight to Anchorage for further treatment. The man's name and current condition have not been released.

Seas during the medevac were reported to be eight to ten feet with low visibility and 28mph winds, including intermittent squalls.

"This is the third medevac in a week the forward operating location in Cold Bay has responded to," said Chief Petty Officer Christopher Cole, a watchstander with the Coast Guard 17th District. "FOLs are strategically placed throughout Alaska to minimize the time it takes to respond to incidents like we've seen this week."