Coast Guard medevacs 1 from fishing vessel in Gulf of Mexico

Coast Guard 8th District NewsMOBILE, Ala. —The Coast Guard medevaced a man from a fishing vessel, Sunday, in the Gulf of Mexico, approximately 25 miles southeast of Chandeleur Island.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received a call via VHF-FM radio at 12:14 p.m., from a 29-foot recreational craft that was taking on water with 11 people aboard, one of whom was an injured 40-year-old male.

The fishing vessel, Miss Kristi M, was in the area and was able to rescue the 11 people from the boat.

Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans launched an MH-65C Dolphin helicopter and crew to the scene and hoisted the injured male from the motor vessel and transferred him to Gulfport, Miss., International Airport where emergency medical services were waiting.

“All the passengers aboard the vessel were wearing life jackets,” said Lt. j.g. Sara Vinh, command duty officer with the Eighth Coast Guard District. “Life jackets must be Coast Guard-approved, in good and serviceable condition and the appropriate size for the user. But most importantly, they should be worn at all times.”

His condition is unknown.

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