Tanker crewman medevaced after fall


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

(SAN FRANCISCO) — A Coast Guard helicopter crew medevaced a 28-year-old man who was injured aboard an oil tanker off the coast of San Francisco on Tuesday morning.

At approximately 2:20 p.m. Monday, Coast Guard watch standers received an email from the crew of the oil tanker High Progress about a member who reportedly fell and suffered a neck injury.

Due to aircraft limitations, a Coast Guard Air Station San Francisco MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew could not immediately be dispatched to recover the injured man. Watch standers monitored the man’s condition while the oil tanker continued its course toward San Francisco.

At approximately 4:20 a.m., the Dolphin helicopter crew arrived on scene approximately 65 miles off the coast of San Francisco, hoisted the man and transported him to Stanford Medical Center in Palo Alto.

“The quick reaction of the crew aboard High Progress to recognizing the severity of the injury was key in making this rescue successful,” said Lt. Andrew Bacon, Coast Guard Air Station San Francisco MH-65 helicopter pilot. “Their professionalism helped us quickly get him off the ship."

Click here to view a video of the medevac.

By Professional Mariner Staff