A standard search and rescue in Chefornak turned into a medical evacuation last Saturday.
Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st class Sara Moores says a Kodiak Coast Guard Jayhawk helicopter crew assisted Chefornak search and rescue volunteers after reports came in from the VPSO that three men and their skiff were overdue returning to the village.
Moores says after the men were located rough weather at scene prevented Coast Guard crews and local search and rescue from reaching the three men.
“The weather conditions on scene were 40 mph winds with gusts to 63 mph and 10 foot seas with overcast skies,” Moores says.
The stranded boater’s 16-foot skiff had been grounded on a sandbar about a ¼ mile from shore north of a nearby River.
Moores says the local team, followed by the Guard, crew finally reached the three men after the tide came in.
“They were evaluating the boaters making sure their condition was okay and one of them began having seizure like symptoms prompting the medevac,” Moores says.
All three men were transported safely to Bethel.