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Coast Guard medevac shark attack victim 35 nm off Grand Isle, Louisiana

Coast Guard medevac shark attack victim 35 nm off Grand Isle, Louisiana
Archive image: Coast Guard Station New Orleans and Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans members participated in helo training in Lake Pontchartrain near New Orleans, Louisiana, June 14, 2019.
The aircrew and boatcrew regularly conduct training to maintain qualifications so both crews remain proficient in their lifesaving capabilities.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Brandon Giles.

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.

Coast Guard medevac shark attack victim 35 nm off Grand Isle, Louisiana
A Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew from Air Station New Orleans approaches the fishing vessel Moon Glow approximately 35 miles southeast of Grand Isle, Louisiana, Sept. 3, 2021.
The helicopter crew medevaced a 64-year-old man who sustained a severe leg injury when he fell into the water and was attacked by a shark.
U.S. Coast Guard photo, courtesy Air Station New Orleans.

Watchstanders consulted with the duty flight surgeon, who​ recommended the medical evacuation.

A Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans MH-65 Dolphin Short-Range Recovery Helicopter aircrew launched to the scene.

When the rescue helicopter crew arrived on the scene, a Coast Guard rescue swimmer administered first aid and applied a new tourniquet to the man’s leg.

The crew hoisted the injured man and transported him to University Medical Center New Orleans in critical condition.

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