Coast Guard concludes medical response from ship explosion, 2 medevaced

Members of the 106th Rescue Wing assigned to New York Air National Guard, prepare to take off for the rescue mission at Lajes, Azores, April 24, 2017 (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Cheran A. Cambridge)

Members of the 106th Rescue Wing assigned to New York Air National Guard, prepare to take off for the rescue mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Cheran A. Cambridge)

BOSTON — The two surviving crewmembers of the bulk-carrier Tamar explosion were medevaced at approximately 4:30 a.m., by a Portuguese Coast Guard aircrew along with three New York Air National Guard 106th Rescue Wing pararescuers to continue medical care.

The aircrew arrived in Terceira Island, Azores at about 7 a.m. A Portuguese Air Force jet was scheduled to be waiting along with a medical team to bring the injured to Lisbon, Portugal for medical treatment.

At approximately 7 a.m. Monday, the captain of the Marshall Islands-flagged 623-foot bulk carrier Tamar contacted watchstanders at the Coast Guard command center reporting an explosion in the ship’s forward storeroom. He also reported the explosion killed one crewmember and three suffered massive burns and are in need of immediate medical attention.

The Coast Guard reached out to their partner agencies to coordinate the emergency response. The New York Air National Guard’s 106th Rescue Wing launched an HC-130 aircrew with six pararescuers and one combat rescue officer.

At approximately 7:45 p.m., Monday, the captain of the Tamar reported another crewmember had died from the explosion.

The New York Air National Guard’s 106th Rescue Wing pararescuers arrived on board the Tamar at about 9:30 p.m., after deploying from their HC-130 with two small boats and advanced life-saving equipment. They are staying with the ship until higher medical authority can take over care of the injured crew.

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