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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  1. Bernie says:

    Good coverage and rapid reporting. However, how about a word about the hours spent in communications support afforded by the Maritime Mobile Service Network: an organized group of Amateur Radio Operators who devote many hours in support efforts to save lives and property. Please see our website at MMSN.ORG.
    In the case of the Wind Child, the Capt, came on the Net freq of 14.300Mhz , in the Ham band hf freq. to ask for emergengy assistance. From approx 10:30 am yesterday until approx 12:30am Sat, when the rescue was completed, the MMSN stayed on freq and stayed in contact with the Wind Child, the CAP PALMERSTON, and RESCUE ONE, the SAR unit from Sacremento and co ordinated communications for the rescue.
    This is our reason for our existance.

    I am one of the sixty or so members of the net and am a qualified Net Control Operator.

  2. jean heessels-petit says:

    Thank you so much for all the assistance that you have been giving WindChild. We have been following the all reports and are becoming increasingly aware of how much assistance has been given. Thank you seems to express less than we are feeling. The family, friends and crew of WindChild are deeply appreciative of all of you.
    (WindChild skipper’s wife)

  3. Bud says:

    Fine comment Bernie,Please recall that the Intercon Net handeled the contact
    and is an integral part of the SAR operation