Coast Guard medevacs 1 from cargo ship in Gulf of Mexico

8th Coast Guard District NewsNEW ORLEANS — The Coast Guard medevaced a 61-year-old male from a 446-foot cargo ship approximately 25 miles south of Southwest Pass, Tuesday, in the Gulf of Mexico.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector New Orleans command center received a report at approximately 10:50 a.m., that a crewmember aboard the cargo ship, Prince of Sounds, was reportedly suffering abdominal pains and was in need of medevac.

Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans launched an MH-65C Dolphin helicopter and crew and hoisted the man from the deck of the Prince of Sounds and transported him to the West Jefferson Medical Center in Marrero.

“Rescues like this may seem routine, but we don’t like to think of them like that,” said Lt. Scott Talbot, command duty officer for Sector New Orleans. “There are a lot of variables to consider when we do any of our missions, and that’s why we constantly train. It keeps our crews sharp and it helps us provide the best possible service to our maritime partners.”

The man’s condition is unknown.

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