Coast Guard Station Sandy Hook medevac’s ill crewman from tanker

1st Coast Guard District News
NEW YORK – The Coast Guard conducted an emergency medical evacuation of an ill tanker crewman, 16 miles southwest of Sandy Hook, N.J., today.

Coast Guard Sector New York command center personnel received a report from a member aboard the tanker vessel FPMC 25 that a crewman had a medical emergency and was in need of immediate medical attention.

After conferring with the Coast Guard duty flight surgeon, it was deemed the best course of action would be to conduct the medevac via a Coast Guard small boat.

A rescue boatcrew from Coast Guard Station Sandy Hook arrived on scene with the tanker vessel, which was anchored in the Ambrose Anchorage. A Coast Guard EMT and crewmember went aboard the vessel and assessed the ill crewman’s condition.

The ill crewman was transferred off the tanker onto the Station’s 47-foot motor lifeboat where he was treated during the 45 minute transit back to the station.

“We tried to make him as comfortable as possible on the back deck of the 47,” said Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class John Sousa, a crewmember who assisted with the medevac. “You could tell he was in a lot of pain and that he was relieved to have gotten off the ship and heading to get the medical care that he needed.”

National Park emergency medical service met the crew at the pier and transferred the ill crewman to Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, N.J.

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