Coast Guard medevacs 55-year-old from Port Sulphur clinic

America's Heartland Coast Guard NewsNEW ORLEANS — A 55-year-old man was medevaced from a clinic in Port Sulphur affected by Tropical Storm Isaac, Tuesday afternoon.

Orson Lincoln, residence unknown, was reportedly suffering from congestive heart failure combined with deteriorating vital signs when the Plaquemines Parish Sheriff’s Office requested assistance after there were no other resources available to provide immediate transport.

Coast Guard Sector New Orleans watchstanders received the request from the sheriffs and directed the launch of a Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans MH-65C Dolphin helicopter and crew. Due to damage and flooding caused by the storm, access to the clinic’s location has been restricted.

The aircrew arrived on scene at 12:28 p.m., safely transferred Lincoln aboard and transported him to West Jefferson Medical Center in Marrero.

“This was one of the most successful medevacs we have conducted, since we landed in a tight spot surrounded by telephone poles; however, we executed it safely with the close coordination and vectoring by the National Guard,” said Lt. Anthony Guido, Air Station New Orleans pilot. “Our rescue swimmer expeditiously got the patient into the aircraft and kept him calm and in high spirits.”

Lincoln’s condition is unknown.

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