Coast Guard medevacs mariners off NOAA vessel, bulk carrier

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(SAN PEDRO, Calif.) – The U.S. Coast Guard reported on Tuesday that it medically evacuated a 61-year-old man from a National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) research vessel 46 miles off Santa Maria, Calif.

Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach watch standers received a call reporting that a crewmember aboard the NOAA vessel had sustained a head injury. The watch standers consulted with the duty flight surgeon and launched a Coast Guard Air Station San Francisco MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew to conduct the medevac.

The helicopter crew arrived on scene and hoisted the injured man off the vessel and transported him to awaiting emergency medical services at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. He was reported to be in stable condition.

On Monday, the Coast Guard medevaced an injured crewman from a vessel 16 miles south of Galveston, Texas.

Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston watch standers received a medevac request at 7:02 p.m. from the captain of the 643-foot bulk carrier Tai Star stating a 20-year-old crewman had injured his hand in the Galveston Fairway Anchorage. Watch standers consulted with the duty flight surgeon, who recommended a medevac.

A Coast Guard Air Station Houston MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew launched to conduct the medevac.

The helicopter crew arrived on scene, hoisted the man and transported him to the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. The patient was reportedly in stable condition.

– U.S. Coast Guard

By Rich Miller