Coast Guard medevacs chief mate from tanker in Gulf of Mexico

America's Heartland Coast Guard NewsNEW ORLEANS — A 29-year-old man was medevaced from a tanker approximately 130 miles south of Southwest Pass in the Gulf of Mexico, Thursday.

The chief mate reportedly injured his groin after his trousers got caught in a spindle while working aboard the 400-foot Panama-flagged tanker Dreggen.

Coast Guard Sector New Orleans watchstanders received a satellite phone call at 1:38 a.m. from the Dreggen and directed the launch of a Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans MH-65C Dolphin helicopter and crew.

The aircrew safely hoisted the crewman on a stokes litter and transported him to West Jefferson Medical Center in Marrero.

“This case resulted in a safe and smooth operation due to good flight planning and readiness to assist a mariner in need of immediate medical attention,” said Lt. Erik Anderson, Air Station New Orleans pilot. “PHI facilitated our refueling and helped us get the crewman to the hosptial in a timely manner.”

The chief mate is reportedly in stable condition.

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