Coast Guard medevacs rigger 60 miles from New Orleans

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NEW ORLEANS — A Coast Guard aircrew medevaced a rigger 60 miles southeast of New Orleans, Monday afternoon.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received a phone call from the crew of Spartan Rig 202 reporting a crewman was showing symptoms of a heart attack.

A Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew was directed to launch and arrived on scene at approximately 3:30 p.m. The rescue swimmer was left on the rig while the helicopter crew flew the patient to the LSU Medical Center in New Orleans for further medical treatment.

Upon safely transferring the patient, the crew returned to the oil rig to drop off the medic and recover the rescue swimmer.

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