NEW ORLEANS — A Coast Guard MH-60T Jayhawk rescue helicopter aircrew medevac a swimmer in critical condition Wednesday near Dauphin Island, Alabama.
The U.S. Coast Guard Sector Mobile watchstanders received a 911 notification at 4:18 p.m. of three swimmers caught in a rip current off the beach of Dauphin Island.
The USCG watchstanders on duty diverted a Coast Guard Aviation Training Center Mobile (ATC Mobile) MH-60T Jayhawk Medium-Range Recovery Helicopter (MRR) aircrew from a search and rescue (SAR) training mission to Dauphin Island to medevac the swimmer.
The swimmers managed to swim back to shore to awaiting Dauphin Island Police Department officers and emergency medical services (EMS) personnel before the Coast Guard helicopter crew arrived on scene. The MH-60 Jayhawk rescue helicopter aircrew landed on a beach near Dauphin Island and performed the medical evacuation to one swimmer and transferred the other two to emergency medical service personnel to Ascension Providence hospital in Mobile, Alabama.
The swimmer was last reported to be in critical condition.
The Coast Guard urges the public to be cautious of rip currents by heeding posted beach flags and warning signs.
Learn more about rip current safety here.
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