Tanker crewman airlifted after injury off Southwest Pass

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(NEW ORLEANS) — The U.S. Coast Guard medevaced a 48-year-old male crewmember from an oil tanker vessel Tuesday approximately 58 miles southwest of Southwest Pass, La.

Coast Guard Sector New Orleans watch standers received a call at 4:58 a.m. from PGC Ikaros personnel stating a crewmember fell and sustained injuries to his arm.

Watch standers coordinated the launch of a Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter air crew to assist and directed PGC Ikaros to make way toward Southwest Pass to close the distance between the ship and the air crew.

The air crew arrived on scene, hoisted the crewmember and transferred him to emergency medical services personnel at Air Station New Orleans in Belle Chasse, La.

The crewmember was last reported to be in stable condition.

– U.S. Coast Guard

By Rich Miller