Coast Guard medevacs crewmember from bulk carrier northeast of Puerto Rico

The 587-foot Panmanian-flagged bulk carrier ship, Bunun Hero courtesy photo.

The 587-foot Panmanian-flagged bulk carrier ship, Bunun Hero courtesy photo.

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – A Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew medevaced a Chinese crewmember from the 587-foot bulk carrier Bunun Hero Tuesday night in the Atlantic Ocean, approximately 175 nautical miles northeast of Puerto Rico.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector San Juan received the medevac request at 5 p.m., Monday from the Panamanian-flagged ship for a 20-year-old crewmember, who sustained multiple broken bones and a head injury after falling from a crane onboard the ship.

The Bunun Hero was transiting on a voyage to Europe and approximately 525 nautical miles northeast of Puerto Rico, outside the range of responding rescue helicopters, when the captain of the ship reported the incident to the Coast Guard.

Sector San Juan watchstanders requested the Bunun Hero head towards Puerto Rico to shorten the distance for the medevac.

A Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater MH-60 Jayhawk rescue helicopter crew in Great Inagua, Turks and Caircos flew to Coast Guard Air Station Borinquen in Puerto Rico in anticipation of the ship’s arrival to the rendezvous location. Sector San Juan watchstanders dispatched the MH-60 helicopter crew that met with the Bunun Hero and lowered their rescue swimmer, along with a rescue basket, to stabilize the injured ship’s crewmember. A Coast Guard Air Station Miami HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircraft crew also launched from Air Station Borinquen to provide air support during the medevac.

The Coast Guard helicopter crew safely hoisted the patient onboard with the assistance of the ship’s crew and transported the patient to the Isla Grande Airport in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Emergency Medical Service personnel received the patient and transported him to the “Centro Médico” Hospital for treatment.

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