Coast Guard, fire responders work together to help woman who broke leg near Sekiu

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SEKIU — A Coast Guard aircrew helped rescue a 57-year-old woman who reportedly fell and broke her leg near a beach in Sekiu, east of Neah Bay, on Sunday.

The MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Air Station/Sector Field Office Port Angeles hoisted the woman around 1 p.m. and transported her to emergency medical services personnel waiting at Sekiu Airport, according to a press release.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound received a request for helicopter assistance from Clallam County fire responders around 10:30 a.m. due to the complexity of the woman’s reported injury.

“Our crews regularly train with partner agencies to conduct challenging hoists like this,” said Lt. Cmdr. Kevin Kurczewski, Dolphin pilot for the case.

“Thankfully our air crew, along with local rescuers and EMTs were able to work together to expedite the rescue and get this woman the care she needed.”

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