Coast Guard medevacs 1 from fishing vessel 92 miles south of Marsh Island

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NEW ORLEANS — The Coast Guard medevaced a 57-year-old man from a 75-foot fishing vessel 92 miles south of Marsh Island Monday morning.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received a report at 8:11 a.m. from the fishing vessel Michael S, requesting assistance for a man who suffered a severed leg below the knee while crossing over a sprocket in the engine room.

Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans launched an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter rescue crew to the location of the fishing vessel. The crew was able to stop the bleeding by applying a tourniquet to the wounded leg. The man was airlifted to Lafayette General Hospital where he was listed in stable condition.

“This was my first operational flight; it was rewarding to put all my training into action,” said Lt. Matthew Hardgrove, a pilot at Air Station New Orleans. “It was a challenging hoist, but I am grateful to have everything come together. This would not have been possible without our excellent coordination.”

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