Coast Guard and good Samaritan crews medevac injured vessel captain near Biorka Island

(U.S. Coast Guard 17th District Alaska)

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - An injured vessel captain was medevaced by a Coast Guard aircrew, with the help of a good Samaritan boat crew vessel northeast of Biorka Island, Saturday.

Coast Guard Sector Juneau watchstanders received the report around 10:18 a.m. from a vessel in the area. It was reported that the captain of the fish processing vessel, Northwind, was injured with potentially severed fingers.

A good samaritan crew aboard the charter fishing vessel North River took the injured captain onto their boat, and took him to shore before a Coast Guard crew arrived.

The MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Sitka was conducting a training flight nearby around the same time the call came in, and diverted to help out.

The helicopter crew medevaced him to the Sitka Fire Department emergency medical services for further care.

"It was great timing for everybody involved," said Lt. Justin Neal, co-pilot on the response. "We were maybe two minutes away and listening to channel 16 like we always do, somebody called out needing help and we were able to respond."

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