Coast Guard medevacs 1 from charter fishing vessel in Gulf of Mexico

Coast Guard 8th District News
NEW ORLEANS — A Coast Guard aircrew medevaced a man aboard a charter fishing vessel approximately 30 miles south of Gulfport, Miss., near the Chandeleur Islands in the Gulf of Mexico, Monday.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Mobile received a report at approximately 10:13 a.m. that a man aboard a charter fishing vessel suffered a laceration to his arm.

Sector Mobile directed the launch of a Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew to the scene. The Coast Guard Cutter Razorbill also diverted its course to assist with the injured man. Once on scene, crewmen from the Razorbill and members of the fishing vessel administered first aid to the man. The aircrew arrived on scene and hoisted the man abaord and transported him to Gulfport Memorial Hospital.

Petty Officer 3rd Class Justin Stiehl, an avionics electrical techinican at Air Station New Orleans, conducted his last flight as a Coast Guardsmen on the medevac. “It is such an honor to have my last case be one where I can assist a fellow American in need,” said Stiehl.

The crewman’s condition is unknown.

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