Coast Guard medevacs man from sailboat near Santa Cruz Island

MH-65 Dolphin Helicopter from FOB Point Mugu file photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Sondra-Kay Kneen.

MH-65 Dolphin Helicopter from FOB Point Mugu file photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Sondra-Kay Kneen.

SAN PEDRO, Calif. — A Coast Guard helicopter crew medevaced a 32-year-old man from a sailboat south of Santa Cruz Island Thursday evening.

At approximately 6:55 p.m., Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach watchstanders overheard a conversation via VHF channel 16 about an injured 32-year-old man aboard the 46-foot sailboat Brett Walda.

A Brett Walda crewmember reported that the man sustained a leg injury after a line wrapped around his leg leaving it with no pulse.

After consulting with a duty flight surgeon, watchstanders dispatched a Coast Guard Air Station San Francisco Forward Operating Base Mugu MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew to medevac the man. Coast Guard Station Channel Islands Harbor also launched a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew to assist.

The Dolphin crew arrived on scene, hoisted the man and transported him to Los Robles Regional Medical Center in Thousand Oaks where he was last reported in stable condition.

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