Coast Guard Assists with Two Tug Boat Medevacs

PORTSMOUTH, Va. – Coast Guard crews assisted injured tugboat crewmembers in the vicinity of Naval Station Norfolk, Va., and Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel, Va., today and yesterday.

Carl Baum Jr., a crewmember of the tug vessel Ranger, suffered a crushed hand while repositioning the anchor on a Skansa crane barge near the second island of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel and was transported by the tug’s small boat to Coast Guard Station Little Creek, where Coast Guard personnel provided initial medical care until Emergency Management Services arrived to take him to Sentara Bayside Hospital. .

Donald A. Armond, a crewmember of the tug boat East Coast, was injured while the tug was towing the Mehmet Bey, a 738-foot bulk carrier barge. The crew of the tug called Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads, and the crew of Coast Guard Cutter Seahorse overheard the message and diverted to assist.

Petty Officer 3rd Class Melissa Landini, an Emergency Medical Technician aboard the Seahorse, boarded the East Coast and helped to stabilize Armond before a fire boat from the Portsmouth Fire Department.

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