Coast Guard medevacs man from Gulf oil platform

Coast Guard MH-65 Helicopter

USCG file photo

NEW ORLEANS – The U.S. Coast Guard medevaced a fishing vessel crewmember from an oil rig platform 80 miles offshore in the Gulf of Mexico, Wednesday, at about 12 a.m.

Rescued was Paul Jarvis, 28.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received a call from the Vermillion Block 380 Platform Rig at 10 p.m., Tuesday, that a crewman aboard a fishing vessel had reportedly experienced severe pain in the arm and wrist. The crewmembers of the platform hoisted Jarvis from the fishing vessel to the platform.

Coast Guard Aviation Training Center Mobile, Ala., launched an HC-144A Ocean Sentry and crew and Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans launched an MH-65C rescue helicopter and crew to the scene.

The MH-65C helicopter rescue crew brought Jarvis aboard safely and transported him to Terrebonne General Hospital in Houma, La.

“The coordination between the Vermillion Block 380 Platform rig crewmembers, the MH-65C helicopter crew and the HC-144A crew allowed for a safe and effective response,” said Lt. Ryan Baxter, command duty officer with Coast Guard District Eight command center.

Jarvis’ condition is unknown.

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