Liftboat crew helps rescue two after rig allision in Gulf

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(NEW ORLEANS) — The U.S. Coast Guard medevaced two men Tuesday and searched for another after an allision with a rig at ship shoal 87.

Coast Guard Sector New Orleans watch standers received a report from the boat Linedout that they were taking on water with two people on board and a third man who fell overboard.

Watch standers broadcasted an urgent marine information broadcast and coordinated the launch of a Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew and a Station Grand Isle 45-foot response boat-medium crew to conduct the medevac for the two men and search for the man who fell overboard.

Crew on the liftboat Gloria responded to the urgent marine information broadcast and took the two injured men aboard their boat.

The air crew arrived on scene and searched the vicinity for the third man. After no visual reports, the air crew hoisted the two men aboard the helicopter from Gloria and transported them to awaiting emergency medical services personnel at the University Medical Center, New Orleans.

The men were reported conscious and responsive.

A Coast Guard Station Grand Isle boat crew continued to search for the missing man. The search was suspended at roughly 8 p.m. Wednesday 48 miles offshore of Grand Isle, La. Crews searched more than 30 hours and covered over 926 square miles.

– U.S. Coast Guard

By Professional Mariner Staff