Coast Guard medevacs Dutch girl from sailing vessel Wylde Swan

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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 16-year-old girl from the sailing vessel Wylde Swan Monday morning, approximately 85 nautical miles east of Saint Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands.

Rescued is a Dutch citizen, who suffered medical complications while onboard the Netherland’s flagged 170-foot special purpose sailing trainee vessel, which required the patient to receive immediate medical attention ashore.

Coast Guard Sector San Juan Command Center watchstanders received a request for assistance from the crew of the Wylde Swan at approximately 10:30 p.m. Sunday and dispatched a MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Borinquen, which was currently patrolling in the vicinity of the U.S. Virgin Islands, to perform the medevac. The helicopter and aircrew arrived on scene and deployed their rescue swimmer to the sailing vessel to assess the patient’s condition. The patient was placed in the helicopter’s rescue basket and hoisted aboard the aircraft as was the Wylde Swan’s nurse immediately thereafter.

“This was a very demanding medevac and our flight mechanic, AMT2 Marimercy Delong’s, first live rescue hoist. She and the entire crew performed superbly amidst 6-foot swells and the swaying 90-foot mast,” said Lt. Zach Geyer, the aircraft commander.

The Coast Guard helicopter crew transferred the patient to emergency medical services personnel at the Saint Thomas, U.S. Virgin Island’s Airport for transport to the Schneider Regional Medical Center to receive further medical care.

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