Coast Guard medevacs 2 from NOAA vessel 264 miles southwest of New Orleans

D8 LogoNEW ORLEANS — The Coast Guard medevaced two crewmembers aboard the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration vessel Oceanic Explorer 264 miles southwest of New Orleans in the Gulf of Mexico, Tuesday.

Watchstanders at the 8th Coast Guard District received a report of two injured crewmembers aboard the NOAA vessel Oceanic Explorer. One crewmember reported a dislocated shoulder, the other crew member severed the tip of his finger.

The 8th District launched a Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew and a Coast Guard Aviation Training Center Mobile, Ala., HC-144 Ocean Sentry fixed-wing aircraft crew.

The helicopter crew conducted the hoist of the injured crewmembers, refueled at the Magnolia rig and transferred the patients to a local hospital for treatment.

“This case was a textbook example of Coast Guardsmen executing a mission with a lot of moving parts that required a delicate balance,” said Lt. Matthew Hardgrove, Air Station New Orleans co-pilot. “Along with the vigilant HC-144 aircrew providing cover overhead, we were able to lily-pad hop to a couple of rigs and get the patients to the hospital safely.”

Their condition was unknown.

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