Coast Guard medevacs 1 from the Jackup Rig Hercules 120

Coast Guard District 8 NewsNEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard medevaced a man from the Jackup Rig Hercules 120, approximately 21 nautical miles northeast of Venice on Thursday.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Mobile initially received a call via marine-band radio at 3:20 a.m., from the offshore supply vessel, Our Lady of La Salette, that a 50 year-old male reportedly suffered from chest pains, numbness and partial paralysis.

Sector Mobile relayed information to Coast Guard Sector New Orleans watchstanders, who established communications with the supply vessel and dispatched a Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans MH-65 Dolphin helicopter and crew. The supply vessel transferred the man to the Jackup Rig Hercules 120 and the Coast Guard helicopter and crew successfully hoisted and transported the man from the Hercules 120 to Gulfport Memorial Hospital.

“This case was a joint effort between multiple Coast Guard Sectors, the Coast Guard Air Station and the crew of the Our Lady of La Salette,” said Lt. Clay Cromer, command duty officer at Sector New Orleans. “This coordination was crucial in getting the mariner the medical attention he needed and exemplifies the importance of the good Samaritan’s role in saving lives at sea.”

The man’s condition is unknown.

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