Coast Guard crew medevacs injured man from tug in the Chesapeake Bay

BALTIMORE – The Coast Guard medevaced a man Wednesday who injured his hand while working on a tug in the Chesapeake Bay.

Rescued was Julio Moreno, 49.

The Coast Guard was notified via cell phone by crewmembers aboard the tug Hoss at 1:19 p.m. that a crewmember had injured his right hand a few days before while working on a running light and was now suffering from swelling in his right arm and elbow. A rescue crew from Coast Guard Station St. Inigoes, Md., was deployed to the scene and arrived within 26 minutes of initial notification. The Coast Guard crew then transferred the man aboard and transported him to Point Lookout State Park in Scotland, Md., where he was met by local EMS.

“We were conducting training in the area when we got the call,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Jonathon Lee, the officer of the day at Coast Guard Station St. Inigoes. “We had two boats in the area, and that is why we were able to respond so quickly to the medevac.”

The Coast Guard urges mariners to carry marine band radios onboard their vessels. In the event of an emergency, a marine band radio is a reliable way to communicate with other vessels or rescuers. Cell phones are not recommended for use due to gaps in coverage and limited battery life.

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