Man Suffering from Hip Injury Medevaced 753 Miles Northeast of Bermuda

New York – A 61-year-old man reportedly suffering from an injured hip was medevaced off a 38-foot sailing vessel about 753 miles northeast of Bermuda on Sunday, Jan. 13, 2008.

The sailing vessel Padolu was enroute to the United Kingdom when the man reportedly fell resulting in extreme pain to his hip and inability to walk. The man requested assistance from the Rescue Coordination Center (RCC) Falmouth, U.K., which relayed the request to the Coast Guard Atlantic Area/Fifth District Rescue Coordination Center at about 3 p.m., Saturday.

Coast Guard Atlantic Area sent out an alert over the Automated Mutual Assistence Vessel Rescue System (Amver) for any vessels near the Padolu.

The merchant vessel Action, an 822-foot Malta flagged tank vessel, was on its way to New Haven, Conn., when it diverted to the Padolu. The Action arrived on scene at 10 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13, 2008.

Coast Guard Atlantic Area notified a Coast Guard flight surgeon who recommended a medevac.

The Action transferred the man safely aboard the vessel and administered ice to the affected area, per the flight surgeon’s recommendation. Due to weather conditions the Action was unable to secure a tow to the Padolu and left the vessel unmanned and adrift. The weather on scene was 6-10 feet seas with 10 knot winds.

The Action is enroute to New Haven, Conn., and has an estimated time of arrival of 1 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2008.

The man is reportedly in stable condition.

Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound in New Haven, Conn., is making arrangements to transfer the man from the vessel to local medical facilities upon arrival. Sector Long Island Sound will continue to keep communication with the Action.

“This was a Turkish owned vessel flying the Malta flag rescuing a British sailor,” said Benjamin M. Strong, Amver Maritime Relations officer. “Nothing shows the international humanitarian aspect of Amver better than this case. Amver rescued 450 people in 2007 and this marks the first life saved in 2008, Amver’s 50th Anniversary year.”

Amver, sponsored by the United States Coast Guard, is a unique, computer-based, and voluntary global ship reporting system used worldwide by search and rescue authorities to arrange for assistance to persons in distress at sea. With Amver, rescue coordinators can identify participating ships in the area of distress and divert the best-suited ship or ships to respond. Prior to sailing, participating ships send a sail plan to the Amver computer center. Vessels then report every 48 hours until arriving at their port of call. This data is able to project the position of each ship at any point during its voyage. In an emergency, any rescue coordination center can request this data to determine the relative position of Amver ships near the distress location. On any given day there are over 3,200 ships available to carry out search and rescue services. Visit http://www.amver.com to learn more about this unique worldwide search and rescue system.

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