U.S. Coast Guard Trasferred Skagway Man for Medical Care

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by Russ Slaten

The U.S. Coast Guard safely transferred a 58-year-old Skagway man to Juneau for emergency medical care yesterday.

Officials called the Coast Guard after the man went in and out of consciousness in a Skagway clinic. The Coast Guard rescue helicopter crew responded to the call and took the man from the Skagway clinic to Bartlett Juneau Hospital in stable condition.

Remote communities often depend on the Coast Guard when lack of emergency services, or severe weather stops flights from town to town transportation.

"Our primary role is safety of life at sea, but it is our pleasure to be able to step forward in times of need, in those critical moments when somebody really needs medical help, to be able to provide the health care that they need," said Public Affairs Officer David Mosley of the U.S. Coast Guard.

In 2010, the Coast Guard performed 641 search and rescue missions, and like this case, 11% of which were non-maritime medevacs.

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