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Coast Guard medevacs hunter from Savannah National Wildlife Refuge

Coast Guard Savannah MEDEVAC. Coast Guard Air Station Savannah MH-65 Dolphin helicopter.
Archive image: a Coast Guard Air Station Savannah MH-65 Dolphin helicopter flys over the Savannah River entrance March. 15, 2019, as the Cutter Eagle transits down the Savannah River towards Savannah, Georgia.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Ryan Dickinson.

SAVANNAH, Ga. — Coast Guard crews medevac an injured hunter Sunday from the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge.

The 45-year-old male injured their ankle while hunting.

Coast Guard Air Station Savannah watchstanders received an emergency call from the hunter and launched an MH-65 Dolphin rescue helicopter crew. The Dolphin crew hoisted the hunter at 3 p.m. and was taken to Savannah Memorial Hospital for further care.

«We’re glad we could get in to assist,» said Petty Officer 1st Class Phillip Walker, a rescue swimmer. «We don’t conduct many rescue operations in heavily forested areas, but we’re trained to work in challenging conditions.» 

The hunter was reported to be in stable condition.

Local EMS was also contacted, but unable to get into the remote location. 

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A specially-painted MH-65 Dolphin helicopter sits outside the hangar of Coast Guard Air Station Savannah, Georgia, May 4, 2016, in preparation for the unit’s observance of 100 years of Coast Guard aviation. This helicopter is one of nine to display this particular paint scheme, reminiscent of many early Coast Guard helicopters.
A specially-painted MH-65 Dolphin helicopter sits outside the hangar of Coast Guard Air Station Savannah, Georgia, May 4, 2016, in preparation for the unit’s observance of 100 years of Coast Guard aviation. This helicopter is one of nine to display this particular paint scheme, reminiscent of many early Coast Guard helicopters.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. Trent Meyers.

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