Coast Guard medevacs child injured in motor vehicle accident

Coast Guard 8th District NewsPORT ARANSAS, Texas — The Coast Guard provided air transportation for an 8-year-old female injured in a motor vehicle accident in Port Aransas, Friday.

Two off-duty Coast Guard members came across a motor vehicle accident and stopped to provide assistance. One of the off duty members contacted the Coast Guard Sector Corpus Christi command center to determine if a helicopter was available to provide assistance. Coast Guard watchstanders also received a call just after 2:30 p.m. from the Port Aransas Police Department requesting aerial transport of one person from the same incident.

An MH-65 Dolphin rescue helicopter and crew from Coast Guard Air Station Corpus Christi was launched shortly after 3:00 p.m. to assist in the incident. The helicopter and crew was able to transport one 8 year old female and a paramedic to Driscoll Children’s Hospital. The other people involved in the incident were transported to local hospitals by EMS.

The helicopter rescue swimmer remained at the scene and was later transported back to the air station by the off-duty Coast Guard member.

“This is a great example of how dedicated our Coast Guard crews are,” said Petty Officer Ken Naranjo, an operation unit controller at Sector Corpus Christi. “We are always ready to serve our community and it is an honor to work with partner agencies.”

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