Coast Guard medevacs 13-year-old in Prince William Sound

Jun 4, 2018

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The U.S. Coast Guard medevaced a 13-year-old boy Saturday near Chenega Island in the southwest corner of Prince William Sound.

The F/V Golden Pacific notified watchstanders that the boy was experiencing symptoms of a seizure after falling 18 feet. An EMT onboard the vessel assessed the teen before additional care was requested.

A Coast Guard flight surgeon agreed, and the vessel was diverted to Chenega Island. A Cordova-based Jayhawk helicopter crew then transported the teen to Anchorage.

“Coordination with the crew of the Golden Pacific was essential in this case,” Petty Officer Second Class Lindsey Helmbrecht said. “The assessment from the on board EMT provided us with critical information and the cooperation of the crew in diverting the vessel to Chenega allowed us to respond quickly to get the teen to necessary medical care.”

The Coast Guard did not say if the teen sustained any additional injuries.

Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated when the teen was medevaced. He was flown to Anchorage from Prince William Sound on Saturday.