Coast Guard medevacs crewmember from the container ship 90 miles north of Puerto Rico

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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — A Coast Guard Air Station Borinquen MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew conducted the medical evacuation of a Filipino crewmember aboard the container ship Hansa Limburg Tuesday morning, approximately 90 nautical miles northeast of Puerto Rico.

Julius Duran, 49, suffered from strong abdominal pain, which required the patient to receive immediate medical attention ashore.

Coast Guard District 7 Watchstanders relayed to Watchstanders at Coast Guard Rescue Sub Center San Juan a request for assistance from the 576-foot Liberian flagged container ship Monday afternoon as it transited approximately 350 nautical miles northeast of Puerto Rico. Coast Guard Watchstanders in San Juan coordinated with the Hansa Limburg and dispatched a crew aboard a MH-65D rescue helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Borinquen to conduct the medevac. The helicopter arrived on scene Monday night and the crew deployed their rescue swimmer to the Hansa Limburg to assess the patient’s condition. The patient was placed in the helicopter’s rescue basket and hoisted aboard the aircraft.

“It was one of those nights where the conditions and the vessel layout made for an extremely difficult hoist, but the crew trusted in their training and with great team coordination came together to complete the mission.” said Lt. Cmdr. Aaron Mader, Coast Guard MH-65D aircraft commander.

The Coast Guard helicopter crew transferred the patient to awaiting emergency medical services personnel at the Isla Grande Airport in San Juan, Puerto Rico Tuesday morning for transport to the Ashford Community Hospital in San Juan to receive further medical care.

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