Coast Guard En Route To Injuried Crewman

NEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard is responding to a captain’s request for a medavac of a 42-year-old, injured crewman off a 179-foot freighter, approximately 213-miles south of New Orleans in the Gulf of Mexico tonight.

The Coast Guard received a call at approximately 2 p.m., from the captain of the Singapore-flagged vessel Ikan Sepat, reporting that a crewman had crushed his right foot. The bleeding from the injured foot was initially controlled and a Coast Guard flight surgeon recommended the vessel to proceed to the nearest port. The freighter’s captain contacted the Coast Guard later in the afternoon reporting that the crewman’s condition had changed and the bleeding could not be controlled.

Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans launched an HH-65C rescue helicopter crew to medavac the injured crewman from the vessel.

The HH-65C rescue helicopter is scheduled to arrive at West Jefferson Hospital with the injured crewman at approximately 11:30 p.m.

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