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Coast Guard helicopter medevac diver near Pecan Island, Louisiana

Coast Guard helicopter medevac diver near Pecan Island, Louisiana
Archive image: U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Olivia Friedel, an aviation maintenance technician, steadies a hoist cable as Petty Officer 1st Class Brian Laubenstein, an aviation survival technician, is lowered into Lake Pontchartrain from an MH-65C Dolphin rescue helicopter from U.S. Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans during a search and rescue demonstration, Sept. 15, 2009.
Coast Guard crews demonstrated several search and rescue (SAR) techniques, which are critical to the Coast Guard’s ongoing mission of maritime safety.
The Coast Guard conducted the demonstration for the Survival and Flight Equipment Association. SAFE is a non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring personal safety and protection in land, sea, air and space.
U.S. Coast Guard photo/Petty Officer Elizabeth Bordelon.

NEW ORLEANS, May 1, 2022 — A Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin SRR helicopter aircrew medevac an injured diver from a boat Friday evening approximately 17 nautical miles south of Pecan Island, Louisiana.​

Coast Guard Sector New Orleans watchstanders were notified at 8:15p.m. Friday that a male crewmember in his 30s, aboard the dive support vessel Ms. Kerci, reportedly sustained severe injuries to the leg.

Immediately the U.S. Coast Guard Sector New Orleans watchstanderss coordinated the launch of a Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans MH-65 Dolphin Short-Range Recovery Helicopter aircrew to carry out medical evacuation.

The Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin aircrew arrived on scene and deployed the rescue swimmer to medevac the injured diver hosting him on a stretcher.

Coast Guard helicopter medevac diver near Pecan Island, Louisiana
Archive image: Members at Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans are preparing their personnel, gear and assets for Tropical Storm Barry, July 10, 2019.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Alexandria Preston.

One onboard the rescue helicopter aircrew headed to land and transferred the man to awaiting emergency medical services (EMS) personnel at the Lafayette Regional Airport.

The dive boat crewmember was last reported to be in stable condition.

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