NEW ORLEANS — Coast Guard aircrew medevac an injured man from a fishing vessel after a shark attack, approximately 35 nautical miles southeast of Grand Isle, Louisiana, Friday.
Coast Guard Sector New Orleans watchstanders received a call at 12:51 a.m. via VHF-FM channel 16 from personnel aboard the fishing vessel Moon Glow stating a 64-year-old male crew member had been attacked by a shark and sustained a severe leg injury.
The man had reportedly been untangling fishing nets from the vessel’s propeller when he fell overboard and was bitten by a shark of an unknown size and species.
The crewmembers aboard the Moon Glow applied a tourniquet to the man’s partially amputed leg and radioed for help.
Watchstanders consulted with the duty flight surgeon, who recommended the medical evacuation.