Coast Guard medically evacuates injured crewmember

1st Coast Guard District NewsNEW YORK – A Coast Guard rescue boat crew medically evacuated a crewmember from a vessel in New York Harbor, Monday, April 2, 2012.

The crew of the vessel Energy Power notified the Coast Guard to request medical assistance for an injured 58-year-old crewmember, who lost consciousness, hit his head and suffered a contusion.

A Coast Guard flight surgeon was consulted and determined the crewmember’s condition needed medical attention and recommended he be transported off the vessel, which was anchored off Staten Island, N.Y.

A Coast Guard boat crew from Station New York transferred the injured crewmember off the vessel to their boat and transported him to shore where awaiting emergency medical services took custody of him.

“We quickly arrived at the vessel’s location and safely transferred the patient to our boat,” said Petty Officer 3rd Class Luis Estrella, the small boat coxswain. “Our trained boatcrew monitored the patient’s condition and ensured his safety during the transit.”

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