Woman rescued from fishing boat after head injury

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Anchorage (KTUU) - A 42-year-old who was in an out of consciousness and bleeding was medevaced from her fishing vessel near Noyes Island in Southeast Alaska around noon Thursday.

Rescue of 42-year-old woman.

The woman had reportedly been struck by a "blunt object" on her head.

Coast Guard Sector Juneau received a call around 11:40 a.m. from the Craig City Harbormaster staff, and diverted a Jayhawk helicopter and crew from Coast Guard Air Station Sitka that was already airborne.

The Craig City Harbormaster also responded with a 25-foot boat and met the crew of the Western Cruiser near Cape Ulitka on the north side of Noyes Island. The harbormaster dropped off an EMT, who helped get the injured crewman's bleeding under control.

Soon thereafter, the Coastguard Jayhawk arrived and decided to hoist the woman from the boat in a basket.

“Overall it was a very smooth hoist, and the crew members on board were very welcoming and helped out,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Aaron Eckstein, a rescue swimmer in the response. “The crew assisted in getting her over to the basket and one of the crew members assisted with the trail line.”

The woman was in stable condition during the hour-long flight to Sitka, where she was delivered to Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital.

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