Coast Guard and California Air National Guard working together in long-range medevac

ALAMEDA, Calif. — The Coast Guard and California Air National Guard are working together to conduct a long-range medevac 1,400 miles southwest of San Diego today.

A Coast Guard C-130 “Hercules” aircraft, from Air Station Sacramento is flying five Pararescuemen, from the 129th Rescue Wing California Air National Guard at Moffett Air Field, to conduct a medevac of a 57-year-old male off the sailing vessel Wind Child. Once on scene with the sailing vessel the C-130 aircrew will deploy the California Air National Guard Pararescuemen.

The Eleventh Coast Guard District Rescue Coordination Center has also diverted the AMVER vessel Cap Palmerston, enroute Ensenadas, Mexico, to rendezvous with the sailing vessel and pick-up the injured man and the pararescuemen.

The AMVER program is sponsored by the United States Coast Guard and is a voluntary global ship reporting system used worldwide by search and rescue authorities to arrange for assistance to persons in distress at sea.

The four remaining crewmembers aboard the Wind Child will continue their voyage. The injured man is not the captain of the vessel and the boat has not sustained any damages.

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