Coast Guard medevacs crewman off tank ship 200 miles south of Southwest Pass

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NEW ORLEANS — A Coast Guard aircrew medevaced a 53-year-old Filipino crewman from a tank ship approximately 200 miles south of Southwest Pass in the Gulf of Mexico, Tuesday.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector New Orleans command center received a call at 12:05 p.m. from the Liberian-flagged tank ship Rheingas that one of its crewmembers reportedly suffered from a possible broken jaw, neck injury and internal bleeding. The crewman reportedly sustained the injuries during a boat lowering evolution.

A Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew launched and arrived at the location of the Rheingas at approximately 5 p.m. and hoisted him aboard. The aircrew transported him to West Jefferson Medical Center in Marrero.

“This case was one of the longest ones we have responded to; the location of the vessel was below the bottom of our navigational chart,” said Lt. Linh Vinh, Air Station New Orleans pilot. “The medevac went off without a hitch as a result of superior training, dedication and great care in expediting his immediate medical attention.”

The crewman’s condition is unknown.

GULF OF MEXICO - A Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans rescue swimmer prepares to immobilize the neck of a Filippino crewman prior to medevac from the tank ship Rheingas in the Gulf of Mexico, Dec. 4, 2012. Air Station New Orleans transported the crewman 200 miles to West Jefferson Medical Center in Marrero, La. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

A Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans rescue swimmer prepares to immobilize the neck of a Filippino crewman prior to medevac from the tank ship Rheingas in the Gulf of Mexico, Dec. 4, 2012. Air Station New Orleans transported the crewman 200 miles to West Jefferson Medical Center in Marrero, La. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

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