NEW ORLEANS — A Coast Guard MH-60T Jayhawk aircrew rescue the three survivors from a helicopter crash approximately 35 nautical miles south of Terrebonne Bay, Louisiana, Thursday.
Coast Guard Sector New Orleans watchstanders received a call at 8:39 a.m. from Rotorcraft Leasing Company personnel stating a company helicopter with three people aboard went down in the Gulf of Mexico while attempting to land on an oil rig platform.
Watchstanders coordinated the launch of a Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans MH-60T Jayhawk Medium-Range Recovery Helicopter (MRR) aircrew to assist.
The Coast Guard helicopter crew arrived on scene, deployed the rescue swimmers, hoisted the three helicopter crash survivors from a life raft and, once onboard, the MH-60T Jayhawk aircrew headed to land to transfer them to awaiting emergency medical services (EMS) personnel at the Houma-Terrebonne Airport in Houma, Louisiana.
One passenger sustained back injuries.
All three helicopter crash survivors were last reported to be in stable condition.
«The coordination between our watchstanders and the Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans rescue helicopter crew was key to the quick response and rescue of the passengers,» said Lt. j.g. Sadie Simons, a Coast Guard Sector New Orleans command duty officer. «After an incident this serious in nature, we are happy all three passengers are back home and safe for the holidays.»
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