Coast Guard medevacs mariner from container vessel east of Savannah

A helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Savannah rescues an ill crew member of a container ship Friday, March 27, 2015 approximately 12 miles east of Savannah, Ga. The crew member had suffered internal injuries and was taken to a local hospital for treatment. U.S. Coast Guard  photo

A helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Savannah rescues an ill crew member of a container ship Friday, March 27, 2015. U.S. Coast Guard photo

SAVANNAH, Ga. — A helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Savannah medically evacuated a mariner Friday morning 12 miles east of Savannah.

Watchstanders in the Coast Guard Sector Charleston command center were notified of the request by the vessel’s master at 3:38 a.m. The report stated a crewmember from the motor vessel Hanjin Rio de Janeiro was suffering from internal injuries. A Coast Guard flight surgeon was briefed on the situation and he recommended the patient be taken off the vessel.

A crew aboard a 29-foot Response Boat-Small from Coast Guard Station Tybee Island was launched along with an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Air Station Savannah.

The helicopter crew arrived on scene at approximately 8 a.m., and safely hoisted the 52 year-old man from the 856-foot container vessel.

The patient was then delivered to Memorial Regional Hospital in Savannah where he was reported to be in fair condition.



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