MIAMI — The Coast Guard realized a medically assistance a 56-year-old man from the 67-foot shrimp boat, Lexi Joe, Monday, approximately 47 nautic miles northwest of Key West.
A U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Miami MH-65 Dolphin Short-Range Recovery (SRR) helicopter aircrew lowered the rescue swimmer to the Lexi Joe who medically assisted the man until they arrived at Fishbuster Marina, Stock Island in Key West. The man was safely transferred to emergency medical services (EMS) for further medical attention.
The U.S. Coast Guard Sector Key West watchstanders received a medevac request at approximately 10 p.m. reporting a crewmember suffered a leg injury, but the meteorological conditions made it impossible and the mariner was transferred to port onboard the vessel.
The man was injured when his clothing became tangled in a winch.
“Due to dangerous conditions, the risk for air hoist and boat to boat transfer evolutions are a high risk right now,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Travis Nash, rescue swimmer during the medevac. “I recommended having the boat return to port and meet with the emergency medical service (EMS) personnel since the injured crewmember was in stable condition. We hope he makes a full and fast recovery.”