Coast Guard medevacs oil platform crewman

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NEW ORLEANS – The U.S. Coast Guard medevaced a crewmember from an oil platform 30 miles offshore in the Gulf of Mexico, Tuesday, at about 12 a.m.

Rescued was Brandon Chatagnier, 35.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received a call from Island Operating Company at 9:15 p.m., Monday, that a crewman aboard the Eugene Island Platform 129, had reportedly experienced symptoms associated with a heart attack.

A Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans MH-65C helicopter and crew deployed and arrived on scene at 12:10 a.m.

The rescue crew brought Chatagnier aboard safely and transported him to awaiting emergency medical services personnel at the Houma Airport in Houma, La.

“Communications play a vital role in the success of all Coast Guard missions and during this medical transport, the aircrew of the MH65-C rescue helicopter used VHF-FM marine radios to communicate with the operators of the rig located at Eugene Island Block 129,” said Lt. Jorge Porto, a pilot at Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans. “This allowed crucial patient information to be passed to the helicopter’s rescue swimmer while en route.”

EMS transported the man to Terrebonne General Medical Center in Houma.

Chatagnier’s condition is unknown.

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