Coast Guard Medical Evacuation Near Key West

MIAMI — The Coast Guard medically evacuated a 49-year-old man from the 190-foot motor vessel Resolve Pioneer Monday morning about 13 miles south of Key West, Fla.

Search-and-rescue coordinators at Coast Guard Sector Key West, Fla., received a call from a Resolve Pioneer crewmember at 4 a.m. Monday requesting a medical evacuation for a crewmember who suffered a facial laceration when a towing line parted.

A Coast Guard flight surgeon reviewed the case and approved the medevac, triggering the immediate launch of a Coast Guard HH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Air Station Miami to conduct the mission.

The Dolphin crew safely hoisted the man at about 7 a.m. and transferred him to Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami around 8:30 a.m.

The Resolve Pioneer is homeported in Wilmington, Del., and is owned and operated by Resolve Marine, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

“The ship’s crew really made this evolution go smoothly,” said Lt. Crist Holveck, a helicopter pilot at Air Station Miami. “The patient was prepped prior to our arrival, and the Captain was cooperative with everything we requested to provide a stable hoisting platform. We train for these type of evolutions on a regular basis, and it really paid off this morning.”

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