A Coast Guard air crew medevaced a 50-year-old man from a bulk carrier 200 miles offshore Friday.
The captain of the Cypriot-flagged bulk carrier Atlas contacted watchstanders at the 13th District Command Center in Seattle reporting a crewman was exhibiting symptoms of either a heart attack or a stroke. At the time of the request, the ship was more than 300 miles offshore and en route to Seattle.
The duty Coast Guard flight surgeon at Sector Columbia River in Warrenton was briefed, concurred with the need for a medevac and requested the patient be placed on oxygen until the flight crew could arrive.
An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Astoria flew 200 miles outside the Columbia River’s entrance, hoisted the crewman and transported him to the Astoria Regional Airport, where he was transferred to Life Flight Network and flown to Oregon Health & Science University in Portland.