In a statement posted on its website on Sunday, the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) announced that it medevaced two men from a supply vessel 100 miles offshore Galveston, Texas, on Saturday.
“Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston command center watchstanders received a call at 6.30am from the captain of an offshore supply vessel stating they had taken aboard five people found adrift on a raft,” the USCG noted in the statement, adding that “the five boaters’ vessel had reportedly capsized”.
“One of the boaters from the adrift raft had suffered a jaw injury, while another man from the raft had suffered an injury to his ribs. Watchstanders consulted with the duty flight surgeon, who recommended a medevac,” the USCG said in the statement.
Watchstanders issued an urgent marine information broadcast and directed the launch of an HC-144 Ocean Sentry from Coast Guard Air Station Corpus Christi for offshore coverage and an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Houston to conduct the medevac, the statement highlighted.
“The helicopter crew arrived on scene, hoisted the two injured men, and transported them to the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston,” the USCG said in the statement.
“They were last reported to be in stable condition,” it added.
A video of the operation was posted on USCG Heartland’s X page, the social media site formerly known as Twitter. The video shows two men being lifted into a helicopter on stretchers.
— USCG Heartland (@USCGHeartland) October 22, 2023
On October 14, USCG Heartland announced in a statement posted on its X page that it was searching the Mississippi River near the Huey P. Long Bridge MM 106 for a missing person who was reportedly working on a barge.
In a follow up statement on X on October 15, USCG Heartland revealed that it had suspended its search for the missing worker near Harahan, Louisiana.
“The Coast Guard suspended its search at 7:07 pm Saturday for a missing 55-year-old man near Harahan, Louisiana,” the USCG said in a statement posted on its site on October 15.
“Rescue crews searched more than 20 miles downriver and a combined 164 square nautical miles for a search time of approximately 10 hours,” it added.
“The decision to suspend a search-and-rescue case is never an easy one to make,” Lt. Cmdr. Ben Walsh, Sector New Orleans enforcement division chief, said in the statement.
“We offer our deepest sympathies to the family during this difficult time,” he added.
In another statement posted on its site on October 12, the USCG announced that it had medevaced a 69-year-old man from a research vessel that day approximately 135 miles southwest of Southwest Pass, Louisiana.
“Coast Guard Sector New Orleans watchstanders received a call at approximately 5.30 pm Wednesday from the crew of the research vessel Artemis Arctic reporting a crewmember experiencing heart attack-like symptoms,” the USCG said in the statement.
“Sector New Orleans watchstanders notified Coast Guard District 8 watchstanders. District 8 watchstanders then coordinated the launch of a Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter aircrew to assist,” it added.
The aircrew arrived on scene Thursday morning, hoisted the patient, and transferred him to awaiting emergency medical services personnel at the University Medical Center in New Orleans, the USCG noted in the statement.
“The man was last reported to be in stable condition,” the USCG added.
USCG Heartland posted a video of this operation on its X page on October 12. This video shows a man being hoisted up to a helicopter from a helipad on the Artemis Arctic.
Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans medevaced a crewmember from a research vessel today 135 miles off shore from Southwest Pass, Louisiana.
— USCG Heartland (@USCGHeartland) October 12, 2023
The Artemis Arctic is a research/survey vessel that was built in 1999 and is sailing under the flag of Norway, according to MarineTraffic.com.
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