Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak opened its forward operating location in Cold Bay last week. The annual assignment shortens the response time to incidents at sea, like one that happened Thursday.
According to a Coast Guard press release, a crewman on a vessel southeast of Cold Bay fell 20 feet from the boat’s scaffolding. He suffered possible injury to his back and hip.
The 42-year-old was working on the 655-foot motor vessel Delsa.
The boat’s captain reported the fall to Kodiak watchstanders at about 7:30 p.m., and a MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew made it to the location and hoisted the man at 10:45 p.m.
The weather on-scene at the time was mild, with clear skies, 11 mph winds, and seven-foot seas.
According to the press release, the crew transported the man to Cold Bay. And from there, he went to Anchorage for medical care.