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Coast Guard medevacs man near Sitka, Alaska

A Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew medevaced a 47-year-old man near Sitka, Alaska, Sunday.

The Air Station Sitka crew safely transported the man from a beach to Sitka Community Hospital.

Watchstanders from the Coast Guard 17th District command center received a report from the crew of the Wilderness Adventurer, a 156-foot passenger vessel, that the man was experiencing symptoms of a heart attack while aboard the vessel. Watchstanders briefed the duty flight surgeon who recommended the medevac. The crew of the Wilderness Adventurer transferred the man, via small boat, to a nearby beach where the Jayhawk crew landed to assist.

Weather on scene was reported as 6-mph winds and 1-ft seas.

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