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Crewman with Stroke medevaced from DL Lavender

A 48 year old crewmember having likely suffered a stroke was transported from the 590-foot bulk carrier DL Lavender 92 miles southwest of Dutch Harbor, Alaska, Tuesday.

The Coast Guard helicopter aircrew hoisted and transported a 48-year-old crew member from the DL Lavender to awaiting LifeMed personnel in Dutch Harbor for further care and transport to Anchorage.

To achieve this long distance medevac the DL Lavender master was instructed to transit toward Dutch Harbor to reduce the distance. A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak HC-130 Hercules aircrew delivered a Kodiak-based rescue swimmer Monday evening to an awaiting Dolphin helicopter aircrew in Dutch Harbor. Additionally, an MH-60 Jayhawk aircrew was on stand-by in Cold Bay with a second HC-130 aircrew launched to provide communications coverage during the medevac.

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