Coast Guard medevacs pregnant woman near Mobile, Ala.

Coast Guard 8th District News
NEW ORLEANS —The Coast Guard medevaced a pregnant woman, Saturday, off the bank of the Escatawba River near Mobile, Ala.

Rescued was Tessa Simms, 23.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Mobile received a report at approximately 11:30 p.m., that a female, her husband and another friend had become lost. Simms was eight months pregnant and had not had anything to drink or eat for approximately 12 hours.

Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans launched an MH-65C helicopter and crew to the scene at approximately 12 a.m. After searching for 40 minutes, the crew located the missing people who used a flashlight to signal the helicopter. The crew successfully hoisted Simms off the river bank and transported her to awaiting emergency medical services at Mobile Downtown Airport.

“Before people venture out on hikes and boating trips in remote areas, they must be well prepared and bring both a communication and signaling device,” said Lt. Ken Rockhold, safety officer of Air Station New Orleans. “Fortunately, these people had both, and it allowed for an expedient and efficient rescue.”

Simms’ condition is unknown.

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