Coast Guard medevacs injured man near Lake Salvatore

NEW ORLEANS —The Coast Guard medevaced a man off a skiff that ran aground near Lake Salvatore, La., Thursday.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received a report at approximately 7:40 p.m., that a 60-year-old male, aboard a 14-foot skiff, with two other people, had reportedly suffered injuries to his head when the vessel ran aground.

Coast Guard Sector New Orleans diverted an MH-65C Dolphin rescue helicopter and crew to the scene at 7:46 p.m., to assist. The crew hoisted the injured man and transported him to Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans where he was transferred to awaiting emergency medical services.

The other two people aboard the skiff were assisted by Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Department.

“The boaters were able to signal the helicopter crew with a marine distress flare, which eliminated the need to search the waterway for the boater’s exact location and lessened the time it took to get the injured man to the hospital,” said Lt. Brian Sattler, assistant chief of the Coast Guard Sector New Orleans command center. “Having the ability to signal rescuers and reducing the search time helped get this man the medical attention he needed quickly, which could have meant the difference between life and death.”

The man’s condition is unknown.

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