Coast Guard medevacs USS Elrod sailor

7th Coast Guard District NewsMIAMI — Coast Guard rescue personnel medically evacuated a USS Elrod sailor Saturday night 140 miles off the coast of Jacksonville, Fla.

Navy personnel contacted Coast Guard watchstanders in Miami Saturday afternoon to request a medevac for a 36-year-old male who suffered a head injury Friday aboard the Elrod, a 453-foot guided missile frigate from Norfolk, Va.

A Coast Guard flight surgeon concurred with the recommendation for the medevac. Coast Guard watchstanders dispatched an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, Fla., to conduct the medevac.

The Coast Guard rescue crew arrived on scene and hoisted the patient at approximately 8:30 p.m. The rescue crew transported the injured sailor to Jacksonville, where an awaiting local EMS crew transported the sailor to Shands Jacksonville Medical Center for further medical evaluation.

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