Coast Guard Medevacs Man with Severed Farm from Shrimper

NEW ORLEANS – A Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans HH-65C rescue helicopter crew medevaced a 36-year-old man with a severed arm from a 65-foot shrimp boat in Barataria Bay at 10:45 p.m. last night.

At approximately 10:10 p.m. yesterday, May 16, watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received a call from a crewmember aboard a shrimp boat in Barataria Bay that Daniel Smith, of Lafourche, La., had severed his left arm above his elbow in a boat wench. Sector New Orleans immediately launched an HH-65C rescue helicopter and crew from Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans to respond.

The Coast Guard rescue aircrew arrived onscene within 40 minutes and hoisted Smith into the helicopter. The shrimp boat crew’s quick emergency first aid and the Coast Guard’s rescue swimmer/EMT stabilized Smith to minimize blood loss. His severed arm was placed in a plastic bag and transported on the helicopter in an ice cooler.

The Coast Guard flew Smith to Tulane/University Hospital where he was delivered in stable condition. As a result of the quick response, less than one hour had elapsed from the time the Coast Guard received the initial distress call to the time Smith was safely delivered to the hospital. Attempts are currently being made by hospital staff to reattach his arm.

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