Coast Guard Conducts Medevac 60 Miles Off San Francisco

ALAMEDA, Calif. — The U.S. Coast Guard conducted a medical evacuation of a 59 year-old man from a 600-foot cargo ship earlier this morning approximately 60 miles west of San Francisco.

On Thursday morning, the ship, which was approximately 200 miles offshore enroute to China, notified the Coast Guard’s District Command Center in Alameda, Calif. that a diabetic crewmember had run out of medicine and had become ill. The captain of the ship was advised to turn the ship around and head back towards San Francisco so the crewmember could be airlifted when the ship was closer to shore.

Early this morning, an HH-65 Dolphin helicopter was launched from Air Station San Francisco to perform the airlift. A C-130 long-range aircraft from Air Station Sacramento was also onscene to fly safety cover during the medevac.

Meanwhile, the crewmember went into cardiac arrest. CPR was performed by crewmembers on the ship until the Coast Guard arrived on scene at approximately 6:30 a.m., and continued during the medevac. The crewmember was airlifted to Stanford Medical Center where medical technicians were able to regain the man’s pulse.

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