Seven people aboard, four reportedly injured
September 24, 2004
Two USCG HH-60 Jayhawk helicopters were diverted from training missions in the local area to respond to the crash arriving on scene at about noon. They returned to the air station in Kodiak briefly to re-fuel and pick up additional equipment and personnel, including a base physician. Dr. Ken Harman served as the flight surgeon and accompanied the crews to Hallo Bay to make on site condition evaluations and prep patients for transfer by helicopter back to Kodiak.
The first helicopter returned to the Coast Guard air station at 1:10 p.m. with several patients on board including one woman who was in critical condition with a head injury. She was conscious. She was immediately taken by ambulance to Providence Kodiak Island Medical Center.
The second helicopter arrived approximately 10 minutes later with the rest of the patients. The other six patients were ambulatory, some with minor injuries and minor hypothermia.
Coast Guard Fire Department, Coast Guard Military Police and Kodiak City Fire Department personnel worked cooperatively to safely transfer all patients from the helicopters to the triage area and on, to Providence Kodiak Island Medical Center.
The Homer Air Service plane crashed on the beach and is partially submerged. The plane was reportedly departing from a lodge in Hallo Bay.. Personnel who loaded the plane's cargo witnessed the crash and contacted the Coast Guard on VHF-FM channel 16, the known maritime distress frequency.
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