Coast Guard medevacs man from oil rig in Gulf of Mexico

NEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard medevaced a 52-year-old man from an oil rig platform approximately 40 miles east of Venice, La., in the Gulf of Mexico, this morning.

A watchstander from Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received a call at 7:48 a.m. from a co-worker on the Viosca Knoll 900 oil rig reporting that a man had suffered from a heart attack.

Air Station New Orleans launched an HH-65C rescue helicopter crew to assist. The helicopter crew hoisted and transported the man to Air Station New Orleans where he was met by an ambulance and transported to West Jefferson Hospital.

The man is listed in stable condition.

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