Coast Guard medevacs man from towing vessel

Coast Guard District 8 NewsNEW ORLEANS — A Coast Guard helicopter crew medevaced a 40-year-old man from a towing vessel in the vicinity of Intercoastal City, La., Wednesday.

Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received the initial report at approximately 7 p.m., from a crewmember aboard the towing vessel Chris D. The crewmember reported that the captain of the vessel was experiencing stroke-like symptoms.

An MH-65C Dolphin helicopter and crew from Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans was launched to provide assistance. The crew hoisted the man and transported him to Lafayette Regional Airport, where they were met by Acadian Emergency Medical Services.

“The Coast Guard’s readiness and constant presence on the waterways enables fast, flexible response to situations such as this,” said Lt. Clay Cromer, Sector New Orleans command duty officer. “In this case, we had to contend with complications brought on by weather, but still managed to get the ship’s captain the medical attention he needed.”

The condition of the man is unknown.

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