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Coast Guard Response Boat medevaced a 75-year-old from a cruise ship south of Coghlan Island, near Juneau, 2:45 am Thursday morning.

The boat crew safely transferred the patient to Capital City Fire and Rescue emergency medical services personnel in Statter Harbor.

The medevac request from the captain of the Norwegian Bliss reported a man reportedly exhibiting signs related to an allergic reaction while the boat was moored in Skagway.

The ship divert to Auke Bay to facilitate patient transport and allow a Coast Guard Station Juneau boat crew to respond.

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A Coast Guard helicopter medevaced a 33-year-old crewman with a leg injury from fishing vessel Kelly Ann in Prince William Sound, Wednesday.

The aircrew safely hoisted the crewman and transferred him to awaiting Guardian Flight Services personnel in Cordova. The man was reportedly stable upon transfer.

The medevac request came in at approximately 5:51 p.m., for the crewmember aboard the Kelly Ann who had reportedly sustained an unspecified but potentially dangerous leg injury.

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The Coast Guard medevaced the 60-year-old Master who had sustained injuries from the 52-foot fishing vessel Lady Kay two miles south of Knowles Head, Alaska, Thursday.

A Coast Guard helicopter aircrew from Air Station Kodiak hoisted the injured man from the fishing vessel Lady Kay and transported him to awaiting emergency medical services in Cordova at 12:50 p.m. The man was reported in stable condition upon transfer.

Watchstanders at the Sector Anchorage command center received notification at 11:33 p.m. that the vessel’s master sustained injuries and required assistance.

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Coast Guard medevaced an injured 58-year-old man off the fishing vessel Lake Bay in Revillagigedo Channel, 18 miles southeast of Ketchikan, Alaska, Monday.

Request for help came via VHF-FM radio Channel 16 from the vessel’s master that a crewmember aboard received a large laceration to his arm and required assistance. Coast Guard launched response vessels.

The boat crew and Ketchikan emergency medical services coordinated efforts to transfer the man in dense fog from the small boat to Station Ketchikan. Ketchikan EMS further transported the man to Ketchikan Medical Center. The man was reported stable upon transfer.
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Coast Guard crews hoisted an injured man from a sport fishing vessel that ran aground near Chinook Harbor, Washington, Monday morning.

Coast Guard in Astoria, Oregon, were notified at 10:40 a.m., that an individual aboard a 20-foot boat had suffered a head injury after the vessel he was in ran aground.

Coast Guard units arrived on scene at approximately 11 a.m. and deployed a rescue swimmer into the water near the grounded vessel. A crewmember from the Cape Disappointment rescue boat was also able to board the boat to render assistance.

The Coast Guard members, with the help of the other four persons on the grounded vessel, put the injured man on a litter and hoisted him into the helicopter. The aircraft transported the injured man to Air Station Astoria, where he was transferred to awaiting emergency medical services personnel at noon.

The patient’s medical condition was reported as stable.

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A good Samaritan boat crew medevaced the injured captain of the the fish processing vessel Northwind, northeast of Biorka Island, Saturday.

The good Samaritan crew aboard the charter fishing vessel North River took the captain from the Northwind onto their vessel, then transported him to shore where he was transferred to the Coast Guard Helicopter that was able to land nearby.

F/V North River reported that the captain of the fish processing vessel Northwind potentially severed several fingers. Around the same time the Coast Guard helicopter crew was conducting a training flight in the area, heard a request for help over VHF channel 16 and diverted to respond.

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A 42-year-old woman, bleeding from a blunt object head injury and losing consciousness, was medevaced off the fishing vessel Western Cruiser near Cape Ulitka on the north end of Noyes Island, Thursday, transported to Sitka and then transferred to waiting emergency medical service personnel, who took her to Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital.

The call came in around 11:40 a.m., from Craig City Harbormaster staff, who stated a member of the crew was bleeding and in an out of consciousness after a blunt object impact to the head.

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The operator of the 49-foot commercial fishing vessel Daffine radioed for help when the vessel capsized and sank in 500 feet of water. All five people who were aboard had abandoned ship into a skiff and provided the coordinates for the skiff, as well as noted there was only one life jacket.

The EPIRB registered to the vessel indicated the vessel sank and all aboard transferred to the skiff, as well as that they only had one handheld radio, one survival suit and were holding onto their seine net.

Coast guard boats launched in response. An Alaska State wildlife trooper arrived shortly after noon and confirmed the location of the skiff. The Coast guard crew and good Samaritans aboard the fishing vessel Lovie Joann arrived within the following 10 minutes.

The master of the Daffnie stayed on scene aboard the skiff to retrieve the net with the assistance of the Lovie Joann crew. The coast guard transferred the other four people to their boat, recovered a life raft and EPIRB, and returned them all to Ketchikan.

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Coast Guard crews are searching by air and sea for one person missing after a midnight explosion and subsequent fire at Delong Dock in Whittier, Alaska, Monday.

An explosion reportedly occurred on a fixed barge, and the fire spread to the pier and then to the F/V Anagalik, a 99-foot commercial fishing vessel that was initially reported to have two people aboard at the time of the explosion. Whittier Police Department personnel have since confirmed one of those two is safely aboard a different vessel en route to Whittier.

By 2:50 a.m., Whittier Fire Department personnel confirmed the fire extinguished.

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A crew member aboard the fishing vessel Wonderland in Clarence Strait reportedly experienced severe abdominal pains and a medevac was requested at about 8:20pm.

The Coast Guard medevaced an ailing crew member from the fishing boat Wonderful northwest of Ketchikan, Monday. The 62-year-old was taken to Bar Harbor in Ketchikan and placed in the care of awaiting EMS at approximately 10:45 p.m.

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