Coast Guard medevacs injured man in Baltimore Harbor

BALTIMORE – The Coast Guard medevaced a man Saturday who injured his leg while working aboard a Navy ship in Baltimore Harbor.

Injured was Vincente Obregon, 24.

Obregon was working aboard the Denebola, a 946-foot Navy Fast Sealift Ship, when he was caught between a bollard and a rope causing an injury to his leg as the ship was being towed from Baltimore Harbor to the Sparrows Point Shipyard.

The Coast Guard was notified by crewmembers aboard the Denebola of the incident at 11:10 a.m. and a rescue crew from Coast Guard Station Curtis Bay, Md., was deployed to the scene. Additionally, a Maryland Pilot’s Association crew transported a Baltimore County paramedic from the Seagirt Marine Terminal pier to the victim. Once the paramedic set Obregon’s leg for transport, the Coast Guard crew was able to transfer both the victim and the paramedic back to the pier at Seagirt Marine Terminal for transport to the hospital by 12:20 p.m.

“This is a good example of how well we work together in order to accomplish a mission,” said Scott Winslow, a search and rescue coordinator at Coast Guard Sector Baltimore. “We share a great responsibility out here on the water, and working in tandem with the Maryland Pilot’s Association on this case really improved our response time and our ability to get Mr. Obregon the medical attention he needed.”

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