Skipper airlifted from inlet vessel dies

Posted: Wednesday, July 19, 2000

A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter crew airlifted a fishing vessel skipper from his vessel seven miles east of Kalgin Island in Cook Inlet on Monday, about 25 miles west of Kenai.

Ron Lewis, 60, was suffering from symptoms of a heart attack while aboard the fishing vessel Sea Mist. One other person on board the Sea Mist contacted the Coast Guard at about 12:30 p.m. A Coast Guard HH-60 helicopter and crew en route to a vessel grounded on a reef in Cook Inlet was diverted to the Sea Mist at 12:36 p.m.

The rescue swimmer aboard the helicopter was lowered to the Sea Mist to prepare the skipper for transport. The rescue swimmer and Lewis were hoisted back aboard the chopper at 1:34 p.m.

The helicopter and crew arrived at Central Peninsula General Hospital at 2:10 p.m. Lewis was pronounced dead at the hospital.

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