Saturday, May 28, 2016
The Coast Guard medevaced a man from a passenger vessel approximately 20 miles west of the Columbia River entrance, Thursday. Coast Guard Sector Columbia River received a call from the vessel Rampage at approximately 5:30 p.m., reporting a 55-year-old male crewmember experiencing stroke symptoms. Sector Columbia River launched a 47-foot motor lifeboat crew from Station Cape Disappointment in Ilwaco, Wash., and an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Astoria.
Both crews arrived on scene and prepared the vessel and crew for a medevac of the ailing crewmember. The helicopter lowered a rescue swimmer and a rescue litter to the vessel. The motor lifeboat crew worked to retrieve trail lines to keep the Rampage’s propellers clear and on a steady course.  The crew successfully hoisted the man to the helicopter and transported him to Air Station Astoria where he was placed in the care of awaiting EMS.

 KAST Morning Blast

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