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USCG Medevacs Three Mariners In Four Days

Coast Guard photo by Air Station Kodiak

The U.S. Coast Guard has medevaced three mariners in four days from fishing vessels near Cold Bay.

On Monday, officials say the F/V Vaerdal was 70 miles north of the community when a crew member reported suffering from chest pains.

The Coast Guard Cutter Midgett launched a Dolphin helicopter crew to medevac the man from the vessel and take him to Cold Bay for treatment.

On Tuesday, the same helicopter crew rescued an F/V Ocean Peace crew member, who was displaying symptoms of appendicitis. The vessel was 115 miles north of Cold Bay at the time, and the man was taken there before he was transported to Anchorage.

Thursday another Dolphin helicopter evacuated a crew member from the F/V Golden Alaska. The vessel was 36 miles northwest of Cold Bay when the woman began suffering from symptoms of a respiratory infection.  She was transported to Unalaska for treatment.

Zoë Sobel reported for KUCB from 2016 until 2019. She returned to KUCB after a year living in Nepal and Malaysia as a Luce Scholar. She then returned to KUCB as a ProPublica reporter August of 2020 through August of 2021.
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