Coast Guard medevacs boxship crewman near Georgia (with VIDEO)

The following is the text of a news release from the U.S. Coast Guard:

(SAVANNAH, Ga.) — A helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Savannah medically evacuated a mariner Friday morning 12 miles east of Savannah.

Watch standers in the Coast Guard Sector Charleston command center were notified of the request by the vessel’s master at 3:38 a.m. The report stated a crewmember from the motor vessel Hanjin Rio de Janeiro was suffering from internal injuries. A Coast Guard flight surgeon was briefed on the situation and he recommended the patient be taken off the vessel.

A crew aboard a 29-foot response boat-small from Coast Guard Station Tybee Island was launched along with an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Air Station Savannah.  

The helicopter crew arrived on scene at approximately 8 a.m. and safely hoisted the 52-year-old man from the 856-foot container vessel.

The patient was then delivered to Memorial Regional Hospital in Savannah where he was reported to be in fair condition.

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By Professional Mariner Staff