Coast Guard medevacs 2 after fishing collision 35 miles northwest of Dry Tortugas

The fishing vessel, Miss Amy J after a boat collision,
The fishing vessel, Miss Amy J after a boat collision, Oct. 15, 2019,35 miles northwest of Dry Tortugas, Florida. Two men were transferred to Lower Keys Medical by a Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew and the Coast Guard Cutter Isaac Mayo (WPC-1112) crew after sustaining injuries from the collision.
U.S. Coast Guard Photo.

KEY WEST, Fla. — The Coast Guard medevaced two crewmembers from the fishing vessel, Miss Amy J, after the boat collided with another fishing vessel approximately 35 miles northwest of Dry Tortugas, Tuesday.

Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter,
Archive image: a Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter during the past deployed to Coast Guard Air Station Borinquen, Puerto Rico standing by to assist in any search and rescue missions post-storms Hurricane Dorian missions.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. Carlos Gonzalez.

A Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew and the Coast Guard Cutter Isaac Mayo (WPC-1112) crew arrived on scene and determined that two men from the Miss Amy J sustained injuries. The Jayhawk crew hoisted one man and the Issac Mayo crew embarked the other man. Both were transferred to Lower Keys Medical for higher level medical care.

Coast Guard members prepare a patient to be hoisted after a boat collision,
Coast Guard members prepare a patient to be hoisted after a boat collision, Oct. 15, 2019,35 miles northwest of Dry Tortugas, Florida. Two men were transferred to Lower Keys Medical by a Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew and the Coast Guard Cutter Isaac Mayo (WPC-1112) crew after sustaining injuries from the collision.
U.S. Coast Guard Photo.

Coast Guard Sector Key West watchstanders received multiple broadcasts via VHF-FM radio channel 16 from the operator of the fishing vessel, Southern Bell II, stating that he collided with the Miss Amy J. The Key West watchstanders directed the launch of the Air Station Clearwater Jayhawk aircrew and diverted the Cutter Isaac Mayo crew to assist.

A Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew hoists a patient after a boat collision,
A Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew hoists a patient after a boat collision, Oct. 15, 2019,35 miles northwest of Dry Tortugas, Florida. Two men were transferred to Lower Keys Medical by a Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew and the Coast Guard Cutter Isaac Mayo (WPC-1112) crew after sustaining injuries from the collision.
U.S. Coast Guard Photo.

“Backup communications are essential for mariners venturing offshore out of cell phone range,” said Petty Officer 3rd Class Kellyann Sage, a Sector Key West watchstander. “In this case, the Coast Guard received five separate notifications of distress from the vessel, which allowed us to quickly determine their location and dispatch first responders.” 

Archive image: the Coast Guard Cutter Isaac Mayo.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Mark Barney.

The cause of the collision is currently under investigation.

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