Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City assists in patient transport during heavy weather in South Jersey

5th Coast Guard District News
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — A Coast Guard helicopter crew from Air Station Atlantic City conducted a non-maritime transport Wednesday after heavy weather grounded a medical helicopter during a patient transfer.

Coast Guard watchstanders received notification at approximately 4 p.m. that a PennSTAR helicopter crew engaged in a medevac needed to land near the Atlantic City International Airport terminal due to heavy weather.

The PennSTAR crew was medevacing a 24-year-old woman with a reported head injury before the helicopter was grounded, upon which time the patient was transferred into an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Air Station Atlantic City at approximately 4:45 p.m. The Coast Guard aircrew flew the woman and two PennSTAR medical personnel to The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), arriving at approximately 5:30 p.m.

“Despite the challenging weather and low visibility, the case went very smoothly,” said Lt. A. D. Wallace, a Coast Guard pilot who flew during the case. “It was definitely great to see the two medevac entities being able to rely on one another – we certainly have a mutual respect for each other’s profession. We were able to successfully transport the patient to CHOP where we hope she is recovering nicely.”

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  1. Robert puharic says:

    The Coast Guard is the best bang for the buck for the US taxpayer. I’m both a volunteer EMT and a member of the USCG Aux. The Coast Guard is truly remarkable.