OCEAN CITY, Md. — The Coast Guard medevac a man from the container ship Laura Maersk approximately 275 miles off the coast of Ocean City, Friday morning.
Watchstanders at the Coast Guard’s Fifth District command center received a report on Thursday evening that an explosion occurred in the engine room of the cargo ship Laura Maersk, which burned a crewmember and disabled the vessel.
Due to the extensive distance, the Coast Guard Fifth District coordinated with U.S. Fleet Forces Command (U.S. Navy) to have the helicopter land on the USS Mahan (DDG 72) and refuel before conducting the medevac.
Once on scene the Coast Guard helicopter aircrew hoisted the Laura Maersk crewmember onto the helicopter and transported him to Norfolk Sentara General Hospital in Norfolk, Virginia.
A plan is currently being developed to salvage the disabled vessel.
“U.S. Fleet Forces Command and the USS Mahan were instrumental in getting this crewmember help as soon as possible,” said Lt. David Steele, command duty officer during the case “This case highlights how good communications in a highly complex situation allows us to work together seamlessly to help those in need.”