Coast Guard Air Station Astoria helicopter crew medevaced a sick crewmember from a commercial shipping vessel more than 50 miles west of Grays Harbor, Washington, Monday.
Coast Guard Sector Columbia River watchstanders received the request for the medevac of a crewman aboard the 780-foot commercial motor vessel Horizon Enterprise who was reportedly suffering from sever abdominal pain.
After consulting a Coast Guard flight surgeon, the watchstanders directed the launch of an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Astoria.
The crew arrived on scene with the Horizon Enterprise and safely hoisted the sick crewman from the vessel.
“This was a quick and very successful mission,” said Lt. Adriana Knies, helicopter pilot and aircraft commander for the mission. “The crew of the ship was very helpful in providing a clear location on board the ship for a safe hoist of the injured crewman.”
The crewman was then flown back to the air station where he was transferred to waiting emergency medical services. EMS transported the crewman to Columbia River Memorial Hospital. The crewman was reported in stable condition.