Coast Guard medevac man near St.​ Petersburg

Coast Guard medevac man near St.​ Petersburg. MH-60 Jayhawk Air Station Clearwater.
Archive image: a Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater MH-60 Jayhawk aircrew in search for survivors of Hurricane Florence in North Carolina (Sept. 18, 2018).
U. S. Coast Guard photograph by Auxiliarist Trey Clifton.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — A Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter aircrew medevac a 31-year-old Ukrainian man from a cruise ship 20 miles west of St.​ Petersburg, Florida Thursday.

A Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater MH-60​ Jayhawk​ helicopter crew responded to the call and safely transported the man to Tampa General Hospital.

Coast Guard Sector St.​ Petersburg​ ​ watchstanders received a medevac request after 2 p.m. from medical​ personnel aboard the ship who said the man had lacerations to his arm and torso. A​ medical person from the ship also escorted the man to the​ hospital.

“From the Sector watchstanders to my flight mechanic, rescue swimmer, and co-pilot who conducted the hoist, everyone worked incredibly efficiently and with the safety of the patient and our crew in mind,” said Lt.Tyler Dewechter, helicopter pilot for the case. “I am thankful for a positive result and hopeful for a quick return to health for the individual who suffered a very severe injury today.”

Coast Guard medevac man near St.​ Petersburg. MH-60 Jayhawk Air Station Clearwater.
Archive image: a Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter deployed to Coast Guard Air Station Borinquen, Puerto Rico sits on the deck of the hanger Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019 standing by to assist in any search and rescue or post-storm missions. The helicopter was involved in a rescue of a mariner the day prior in the U.S. Virgin Islands during Hurricane Dorian.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. Carlos Gonzalez

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