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Operational flights of Coast Guard aircraft continue as required, and crews and aircraft are ready to respond to any requests for assistance.

During the planning phase of every search and rescue or medical evacuation mission, Coast Guard District 17 follows protocols to determine potential survivor exposure to COVID-19. Air Station Kodiak maintains appropriate personal protective equipment for aircrews during missions and has decontamination procedures and equipment for the crews and aircraft upon their landing. This capability is deployable anywhere Coast Guard aircraft can land.

Kodiak Coast Guard personnel and their families remain focused on the health and well-being of the entire Kodiak community, especially during this pandemic crisis. Many Coast Guard family members are actively serving the local community as doctors, nurses, and other front line healthcare providers. Many Coast Guard dependents are serving as teachers and educators providing essential online education to the Kodiak community.

Active Duty members and their families are actively volunteering in the community by providing meals, delivering groceries, sewing cloth masks, and providing financial support to those in need.

Coast Guard senior leaders also are members of the Kodiak Emergency Services Committee and the Kodiak Economic Task Force, as well as serving as part of the Kodiak Incident Command System.

Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak remains ready to serve Alaskans and the United States, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

by Tom Evans, Injury at Sea. Continue Reading

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.

by Tom Evans, Injury at Sea. Continue Reading

A 35-year-old crewman is reported overboard from the 780-foot cruise ship Amsterdam in Sitka Sound, Alaska.

The Coast Guard aircrew arrived to Sitka Sound, off Biorka Island at 1 a.m., to begin the search. Weather on scene was 43 mph winds, heavy fog, seas 6-8 feet, a water temperature of 55 degrees.

Coast Guard Sector was notified at 9 p.m., Thursday by the Amsterdam reporting the man missing after he did not show up for his shift. The master was made aware of the missing man at 7:45 p.m., having last been seen at 6pm. The Amsterdam crew made extensive searches of the vessel, and turned the vessel around toward its last known position to search the water but have since continued their voyage toward Victoria, British Columbia.

Coast Guard helicopter crew medevaced a woman from the cruise ship Celebrity Solstice near Noyes Island, west of Craig, Alaska, Wednesday.

The Jayhawk helicopter crew hoisted the 61-year-old woman and transported her to Ketchikan, Alaska, where a Guardian Flight crew was waiting for transport to higher medical care.

The captain of the Celebrity Solstice reported the woman was suffering symptoms of a heart attack.

A Coast Guard helicopter crew medevaced an 81-year-old female passenger with a head injury from the 112-foot cruise ship Island Spirit, in the vicinity of Stephens Passage, Alaska, Friday night.

The Jayhawk crew hoisted the woman and transported her to awaiting EMS personnel in Juneau.

The Island Spirit crew requested a medevac reporting the woman had fallen, severely injuring her head. Watchstanders consulted the duty flight surgeon and requested the launch of the Jayhawk crew.

Port Angeles Coast Guard aircrew medically evacuated a male passenger from the cruise ship Explorer of the Seas, near La Push, Thursday morning.

The 66-year-old male, who was reportedly suffering from internal bleeding, was safely airlifted by the Coast Guard aircrew and transported to Olympic Memorial Hospital in Port Angeles.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound received a call at 3:13 a.m. from the cruise ship, which was transiting to Victoria, Canada, requesting assistance for the passenger.

Multiple agencies suspended the search for a missing 25-year-old woman who went into the water from aboard the cruise ship Norwegian Pearl.

The crew of the Norwegian Pearl reported the woman crew-member from the vessel, had gone overboard Thursday morning while the Norwegian Pearl was transiting Lynn Canal.

“We searched extensively with the Alaska State Troopers with multiple aircraft and surface resources for more than 42 hours,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Blake Fleming, a watchstander at Coast Guard Sector Juneau. “After saturating a search area of 340 square-miles in Lynn Canal with 13 different search patterns, we made the difficult decision to suspend the search after our combined efforts were not able to locate her.”

A Coast Guard Station Juneau response boat crew and Juneau EMTs medevaced a 96-year-old man from the cruise ship Explorer of the Seas, Monday evening.

The boatcrew and EMTs transported the man to Coast Guard Station Juneau where he was transferred to awaiting EMS.

Coast Guard 17th District watchstanders received a report from the crew of the Explorer of the Seas that the man was suffering from symptoms of a heart attack. Watchstanders consulted with the duty flight surgeon and requested the launch of the response boat with EMTs aboard.

A 45-foot Response Boat transported a passenger from the Noordam to awaiting emergency medical services in Auke Bay.

Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Sector Juneau command center received a report from the captain of the cruise ship Noordam of the ailing passenger. The duty flight surgeon recommended medevac via response boat. Watchstanders directed the launch of the station’s RB-M.

The weather at the time of the medevac was reported as light, variable winds with calm seas.

Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak aircrews deployed to Forward Operating Location Cold Bay medevaced an 80-year-old woman and a 34-year-old male during separate cases Wednesday.

Coast Guard watchstanders received a report from the cruise ship Sun Princess that a woman was suffering from symptoms of a perforated appendix. Watchstanders consulted with the duty flight surgeon who recommended a medevac. Watchstanders requested the launch of an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter which flew to Dutch Harbor to pick up a Guardian Flight crewmember to assist with the medevac.

The Jayhawk crew hoisted the woman and transported her to Dutch Harbor where they rendezvoused with the Guardian Flight aircraft to transfer her for further care.

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