Coast Guard medevacs crewmember from Greek merchant vessel off Bermuda

Coast Guard MH-60 helicopter

USCG MH-60 helicopter file photo

ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. – The Coast Guard medevaced an injured crewmember off the Greek flagged merchant vessel Aegean Angel approximately 180 miles northeast of Bermuda, Sunday morning.

The captain and the 1st mate of the vessel were killed, and the 2nd mate was injured while inspecting the vessel’s integrity during high seas Thursday.

Coast Guard HC-130J Hercules and a MH-60T Jayhawk helicopter crews from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City flew to Bermuda Saturday to assist in the recovery of the injured man and to transfer two replacement officers to the vessel. Due to the distance involved, both assets landed in Bermuda to refuel.

Hazardous weather conditions of 50 mph winds and 15-18-foot seas kept the aircraft grounded until 7:40 a.m. Sunday.

At approximately 9:40 a.m. Sunday, the helicopter crew transferred the new captain and 1st mate to the Aegean Angel and safely hoisted the 2nd mate from the vessel and flew the injured man to waiting emergency medical service personnel for further transportation to the King Edward VII Memorial Hospital in Bermuda for treatment.

“Although the unfortunate environmental circumstances proved fatal for two crewmembers, the multi-international agency joint coordination provided exceptional support ensuring the injured crewmember received prompt medical assistance,” said Senior Chief Petty Officer Carla Harsh of the Coast Guard 5th District.

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