Coast Guard medevacs 1 from shrimping vessel in Gulf of Mexico

America's Heartland Coast Guard NewsBILOXI, Miss. — The Coast Guard medevaced a man from a shrimping vessel, Thursday, approximately seven miles offshore Biloxi in the Gulf of Mexico.

Medevaced was Quynh Van Dang, of Pass Christian.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Mobile, Ala., received a call from the shrimping vessel, Tabitha Dang, at approximately 7:30 p.m. stating that its captain reportedly sustained injury and bleeding to his right eye after the vessel’s battery exploded.

A Coast Guard Station Gulfport 41-foot utility boat and crew arrived on scene and administered first aid to Van Dang and transported him to awaiting emergency medical personnel at the Biloxi Small Craft boat launch. EMS took him to Biloxi Memorial Hospital.

“The explosion disabled the GPS, but he was able to fire off a couple of red star flares, which is how we located him,” said Petty Officer 3rd Class Paige Rochus, Station Gulfport. “Having signaling devices, such as flares, helped us expedite his receiving medical attention.”

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