ANCHORAGE -

A U.S. Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter on Tuesday transported a sick baby and an injured mariner from King Cove to Cold Bay.

While the communities are a short distance apart,, there is no road connecting the communities, a point of contention between Alaska politicians and the U.S. Department of Interior.

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell's decision denying a federal-state land swap which would facilitate a road link has seen backlash after both a King Cove medevac last month and a speech by Sen. Lisa Murkowski.

The Jayhawk crew was called in to rescue the infant suffering from respiratory distress. The boy and his mother were flown to Cold Bay.

The crew returned to King Cove and medevaced the mariner, who suffered numerous injuries when a crab pot fell on him.

He was injured aboard the fishing vessel Miss Courtney Kim near Sanak Island, and King Cove was the nearest accessible port with a clinic.

Both the infant and mariner were later transported to Anchorage by commercial services.

"Our aircrews are capable of landing in the many remote locations throughout Alaska that commercial medical aircraft often cannot access," said Petty Officer 1st Class Mark Leuchte.