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Coast Guard medevac man from vessel 179 nm east of Charleston

Coast Guard medevac man from vessel 179 nm east of Charleston
Archive image: An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter assigned to Coast Guard Air Station Savannah deploys a rescue swimmer to rescue a simulated downed pilot during a Search and Rescue (SAR) exercise July 27. The training was the first SAR exercise to involve F-35B Lightning II pilots.
USMC photo by Lance Cpl. Terry Haynes.

CHARLESTON, S.C.. – The Coast Guard medevac (medical evacuation) a 45-year-old man, Sunday, from the motor vessel Southern Shark approximately 179 nautical miles east of Charleston.

A Coast Guard Air Station Savannah MH-65 Dolphin Short-Range Recovery Helicopter (SRR) aircrew transferred the man to Augusta Burn Center Hospital at 3:03 p.m. for higher-level medical care.

At approximately 7:46 p.m., Saturday, Coast Guard Sector Charleston watchstanders were notified that a crew member aboard the Southern Shark obtained chemical burns during a tank cleaning. The watchstanders directed the launch of an MH-65 Dolphin rescue helicopter aircrew to conduct the medevac.

«Due to the nature of this seafarer’s injury and the specialized care requirements, this air-sea rescue operation involved complex planning and seamless execution,» said​ Cmdr. William R. Cahill, Coast Guard Air Station Savannah Operations Officer.​ «The elite aircrew that successfully carried out this offshore medevac overcame challenging conditions conducting a very dynamic hoisting evolution in 10-foot seas and 35 miles per hour winds. Air Station Savannah thanks the crew of the Southern Shark for their excellent preparation and on-scene actions.»

The on-scene weather was 10-foot high seas and winds of 35 mph.

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A Coast Guard Air Station Savannah MH-65 Dolphin aircrew medevacs a 45-year-old man 179 miles east of Charleston, S.C., Mar. 21, 2021. Coast Guard Sector Charleston watchstanders received a medevac request from the Southern Shark reporting crewmember experienced chemical burns to his eyes.
U.S. Coast Guard video.

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