Archive image: a Coast Guard MH-65C Dolphin rescue helicopter and crew from Aviation Training Center (ATC) Mobile lower a crewmember to assist in the hoist of an injured man from a 41 foot rescue boat from Station Panama City as part of search and rescue (SAR) exercise at the Panama City Marina Friday, Oct. 9, 2009. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Stephen Lehmann.
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U.S. Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew rescue a swimmer who was in distress near Dauphin Island, Alabama, Tuesday.
Coast Guard Sector Mobile received a report at approximately 3 p.m. that a female swimmer was in distress after reportedly being pulled out by the rip tide off Dauphin Island’s public beach. Immediately was launched an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew.
Coast Guard Aviation Training Center Mobile MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew arrived on scene and located the swimmer. The rescue swimmer was deployed from the helicopter and swam the unconscious woman to awaiting EMS on shore.
Archive image: a Coast Guard Aviation Training Center Mobile MH-65 Dolphin helicopter stands ready on the air strip in Alabama, January 10, 2018. Aviation Training Center (ATC) Mobile provides core training for rotary wing and fixed wing pilots, rescue swimmers and aircrews for air stations Coast Guard wide. U.S. Coast Guard photo by PA3 Brandon Giles.
The woman was transported to USA Medical Hospital and remains in critical condition.
Rip currents are powerful currents of water moving away from shore. They can sweep even the strongest swimmer out to sea. The Coast Guard recommends swimmers pay close attention to local conditions, and if caught in a rip current swim parallel to the shore to escape.
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