Coast Guard medevacs 1 in Gulf of Mexico

Coast Guard 8th District NewsNEW ORLEANS — The Coast Guard medevaced a man from a platform, Friday, in the Gulf of Mexico, approximately 55 miles southwest of Marsh Island.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received a call via satellite phone at 7:06 a.m., from the motor vessel Storm, that a crewmember aboard the fishing vessel Master Kingston, suffered severe facial injuries. The crewmember was transferred to the Offshore Supply Vessel Miss Kaleigh, where he was taken to Vermillion Platform 250C.

Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans launched an MH-65C Dolphin helicopter and crew to the platform and hoisted the crewmember and transferred him to Medical Center of Louisiana at New Orleans.

His condition is unknown.

“The Master Kingston was outside the communication range that the equipment onboard was able to handle,” said Layne Carter, command duty officer with the Eighth Coast Guard District. “Had the motor vessel Storm not been there, an emergency position indicating radio beacon could have been activated by the crewmembers aboard the Master Kingston, alerting the Coast Guard to the situation and position.”

The Coast Guard recommends all mariners have EPIRBs on their vessels. EPIRBs are essential for any vessel transiting far offshore. Once activated, the device is designed to send a vessel’s position to rescue authorities through both geostationary and polar-orbiting satellites.

“This is an excellent reminder of the importance of having a back-up plan, such as an EPIRB, for situations where normal emergency communications equipment may not be available,” said Carter.

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