Coast Guard drops medication to injured mariner

1st Coast Guard District NewsBOSTON — A U.S. Coast Guard air crew dropped prescription medication to a motor vessel 440 miles east of Cape Cod, Mass., Friday after a crewman suffered a leg injury requiring medical attention.

Several days ago a crewman aboard the motor vessel Feyza, a 621-foot Turkish-flagged freighter, fell and injured his leg while at sea. The ship’s agent notified Coast Guard Sector New York of the injury. A Coast Guard flight surgeon was consulted and a delivery of prescription medication was recommended.

A Coast Guard HU-25 Falcon jet crew from Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod successfully dropped the medication to the crew of the Feyza Friday at 5:30 p.m.

Coast Guard aircraft are equipped to drop life-saving equipment to surface vessels and people. Life rafts, radios, emergency rations and medical supplies are the most common but flexibility in operations is necessary in order to save lives at sea.

“Dropping the medication at sea took good coordination from ground personnel, the flight crew and the Feyza’s crew at sea,” said Rick Arsenault, a rescue coordinator in the First Coast Guard District Command Center. “It’s another example of outside the box resource utilization in lending assistance to a mariner,” said Arsenault.

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