Coast Guard medevac crewmember from vessel 69 miles off Savannah

Coast Guard medevac crewmember from vessel 69 miles off Savannah, MH-65 Dolphin
Archive image: two Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopters sit on the tarmac after landing at Air Station Savannah, Ga., in preparation for Hurricane Irma Sept. 10, 2017. The crews are diligently preparing aircraft in order to respond once the storm passes affected areas.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Steve Strohmaier.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Coast Guard medevac a crewmember from the 266-foot dredging barge Dodge Island approximately 69 miles east of Savannah, Georgia, Tuesday.

A Coast Guard Air Station Savannah MH-65 Dolphin helicopter​ aircrew transferred the man to Savannah Memorial Hospital at approximately 5:15 a.m. in stable condition.

At approximately 2 a.m.,​ Coast Guard Sector Charleston​ watchstanders received a call from Dodge Island crewmembers stating a 51-year-old crewmember was suffering from abdominal pain.​

Coast Guard medevac crewmember from vessel 69 miles off Savannah, MH-65 Dolphin
Archive image: a soldier from the Georgia National Guard’s 4th Civil Support Team (WMD) lowered to the deck Coast Guard Cuter Elm from an HH-65 dolphin helicopter during a security exercise off the coast of Savannah March 16, 2007. Marine Safety Unit Savannah and the Georgia National Guard’s 4th Civil Support Team (WMD) teamed up to test their ability to respond to radioactive material detected aboard a vessel attempting to enter the port of Savannah.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by PA2 Bobby Nash.

The Air Station Savannah MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew was launched to meet the Dodge Island at the rendezvous location. Upon arriving on scene, the rescue crew brought the crewmember aboard the aircraft.

“Our aircrews train under various conditions to maintain the proficiency required to execute complex missions such as this,” said Lt. Robert Mineo, Coast Guard Air Station Savannah aircraft commander. “The aircraft and vessel worked in tandem to safely execute a basket hoist of the patient and medevac the patient to the local hospital.”

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