Coast Guard conducts non-maritime medevac near Santa Cruz Island

cg-D11LOS ANGELES — The Coast Guard medically evacuated a 39-year-old male near Prisoners Harbor, Santa Cruz Island.

The Coast Guard Cutter Halibut was flagged down by a National Park Service Ranger in a row boat at approximately 7 p.m., Sunday. The park ranger reported that a man on land was suffering from a 4.5 inch gash in his leg after rolling a all-terrain vehicle and needed immediate medical attention. The ranger also reported that a National Park Service EMT was currently with the man and was able to control the bleeding.

The cutter Halibut’s small boat crew was immediately launched to assist. The crew safely transferred the man to Ventura Harbor where EMS was waiting.

The man was reported to be a Mexican National, working in the Channel Islands National Park on official government business.

Although this incident occurred on land, the Coast Guard urges mariners to always:

  • Stay Informed – The public should be aware of weather conditions and monitor the progress and strength of currents through local television, radio and internet. Check the current and expected weather and water conditions before heading out, and be aware that weather conditions can quickly change.
  • Wear life jackets while on the water.
  • File a float plan with friends, family members and local marinas before heading out. The list should include the number of passengers aboard the vessel, vessel’s destination and expected time of return,
  • Always have a working marine-band radio on board.
  • Carry marine flares on board the vessel.
  • Ensure bilge pumps are operational and vessels are secure for heavy winds and rain.

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