ILWACO, Wash. - The U.S. Coast Guard airlifted Pacific County's fire chief to a Portland hospital after he suffered an allergic reaction Wednesday.
Shortly before 1 p.m., the Coast Guard received a call to help Pacific County Fire Chief Thomas O'Donohue, who had suffered some sort of allergic reaction in Long Beach, Wash., said Mark Dobney, civilian search and rescue controller at U.S. Coast Guard Group Astoria.
The agency launched an HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Air Station Astoria to pick up the chief at station Cape Disappointment, where he had arrived by ambulance.
Coast Guard medical personnel stayed with O'Donohue on the helicopter as it flew him to Oregon Health and Science University Hospital in Portland. Portland-based air ambulance services were unable to transport anyone at the time because of a high-wind advisory, according to the Coast Guard.