Coast Guard medevacs freight ship crewmember 230 miles southeast of Southwest Pass

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NEW ORLEANS — A Coast Guard aircrew medevaced a crewmember off a freight ship 230 miles southeast of Southwest Pass, Friday.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received a request for a medevac from the crew of the Yusho Regulus, reporting a crewman had suffered stab wounds.

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 crew was to directed to launch. Upon arrival, the helicopter aircrew brought the crewmember aboard and returned to Joint Naval Reserve Base Belle Chasse to awaiting emergency medical personnel.

The crewmember was then taken to West Jefferson Medical Center.

“Every day I study and train to ensure that when situations like these arise, they go as smoothly as possible and I can assist in any way I
can. I feel this medevac was one of the smoothest I have worked on,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Nicholas Gardner, aviation survival technician, Air Station New Orleans.

The condition of the crewmember is unkown.

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