Coast Guard medevacs 1 in Gulf of Mexico

Coast Guard 8th District NewsNEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard medevaced a 16-year-old male from a 34-foot recreational vessel, Thursday, in the Gulf of Mexico about 25 miles southwest of Southwest Pass.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received a call via marine-band radio at approximately 12:30 p.m., from the Offshore Supply Vessel Justin Callais, that a 16-year-old male aboard the vessel, Hannah Baby, had hit his head and became unconscious after four to five-foot waves swamped the bow. Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans launched an MH-65C Dolphin helicopter and crew to the scene at approximately 1:30 p.m.

The crew hoisted the young man off the Hannah Baby and transferred him to Ochsner Medical Center – Westbank Campus.

His condition is unknown.

“We initially went out to conduct hoist training with a boatcrew from the Port of South Louisiana,” said Lt. Michael Darrah, an Air Station New Orleans pilot. “We diverted to help an actual patient in need of immediate medical attention.”

The Coast Guard recommends all mariners have a marine-band radio on their vessel. Marine-band radios are a more effective way to communicate with rescue personnel in the event of an emergency.

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