Coast Guard rescues fisherman suffering stroke in Prince William Sound

Anchorage Daily News / adn.comJuly 16, 2013 

A Coast Guard helicopter crew medevaced an ailing mariner from a fishing vessel in Prince William Sound Tuesday.

The Jayhawk crew safely hoisted the 61-year-old man, reportedly suffering from stroke-like symptoms, from the 273-foot fishing vessel Island Enterprise and transported him to Valdez where he was transferred to awaiting emergency medical services for treatment, according to a news release.

"This case illustrates the importance of having our Coast Guard crew forward deployed to certain locations during peak fishing seasons," said Chief Petty Officer Christopher Cole, a Coast Guard 17th District Command Center watchstander.

The weather at the time of the incident was reported as 9 mph winds and 1-foot seas.

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