Coast Guard medevacs two men following helicopter crash in Gulf of Mexico

HOUSTON— The Coast Guard medevaced two men following a helicopter crash in the Gulf of Mexico, Sunday.

Watchstanders at Sector Houston-Galveston received a call at approximately 10:50 a.m. from the helicopter leasing company Rotorcraft, reporting that one of its helicopters had crashed into the Gulf of Mexico. The helicopter was reported to have gone down in the vicinity of rig number 442A, which is approximately 75 miles southeast off the Galveston coast. The helicopter was carrying one pilot and a passenger at the time it crashed.

The offshore supply vessel Amy Louis was in the vicinity of the helicopter’s last reported position and immediately made its way to the scene. The crew of the Amy Louis arrived on scene and took both men aboard the vessel to await further transportation.

A Coast Guard MH-65C Dolphin helicopter was launched from Coast Guard Air Station Houston to medevac both men. The men were reported to have sustained severe back injuries.

The Dolphin helicopter crew medevaced the men to the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.

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  1. marshall carr says:

    my name is marshall scott carr, capt of the m/v tiffany louisa home port of cut off,la, owner danco operations. i was reading the report about rotocraft n272m going down at hi 442a platform in the gulf of mexico, and couldnt help but notice that the rescue vessle(tiffany louisa) was listed as amy louis, my crew did a perfect job due to the bi weekly training we do with our man overboard drills, and with water recovery, i would like my crew to get the appreciation they deserve, they picked up two men out of the water that had just fallen 150ft out of the air, they were covered in jet fuel, and blinded from the fuel, and could see nothing, my crew acted quickly to get these men on board, have them lie down and communicate with the platform, which did an excelent job of getting the men to the platform, so that a uscg helio could come get them. i commend my crew, and i commend the oil platform run by island operators inc. capt. marshall scott carr