PUBLISHED: 5:28 PM on Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Routine patrol turns into MEDEVAC
JUNEAU - While transiting to an air show in Prince William Sound Saturday, a Coast Guard helicopter crew was signaled to medically evacuate an injured snowmobiler in Whittier. The MH-60 Jayhawk rescue helicopter crew from Air Station Kodiak flew over a group of 20 snowmobilers waving.

"We noticed someone waving his jacket and signaling us with both arms. We came to a hover at approximately 1,000 feet on the mountainside." said Lt. William Friday, the pilot of the helicopter.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Obrien Hollow was lowered from the helicopter to the snow-covered mountainside, which has an incline of 30 degrees. After assessing the victim, the crewman called for a rescue litter to be lowered. The victim, reportedly suffering from back injuries suffered during a snowmobile jump, was hoisted to the helicopter and transferred to an awaiting ambulance. The condition of the victim is unknown.