Coast Guard Air Station San Francisco medevacs tugboat crewmember in San Francisco Bay

cg-D11SAN FRANCISCO — The Coast Guard medically evacuated a crewmember from a tugboat servicing an anchored commercial ship in the San Francisco commercial anchorages Monday afternoon.

At 12:06 p.m., Coast Guard Sector San Francisco Command Center watchstanders were notified of a crewmember suffering stroke-like symptoms aboard the 98-foot tugboat Point Vicente, operating approximately 1.5 miles east of Hunter’s Point. At the time of the call, the Point Vicente was conducting a fuel transfer with a container ship, the Liberian-flagged ANL Bindaree, whose personnel provided initial medical attention to the crewmember.

While conducting training in the area, a Coast Guard Air Station San Francisco MH-65 rescue helicopter crew overheard requests for assistance and responded. The crew airlifted the person off of the container vessel and transferred them to Air Station San Francisco, where medical personnel met and transferred the person to a local hospital.

“I am glad we were able to quickly come to this individual’s aid and get them to advanced medical attention,” said Capt. Greg Stump, commander, Sector San Francisco. “The ANL Bindaree’s quick notification of the incident to the Coast Guard and their initial medical attention was second-to-none, which demonstrates the high level of professionalism amongst commercial mariners calling upon the San Francisco Bay.”

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