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News Release

April 17, 2013

Coast Guard Public Affairs Detachment San Diego

Contact: Petty Officer 3rd Class Connie Terrell


Office: (619) 278-7025

Mobile: (619) 252-1304

Photo and Video available: Coast Guard medevacs ailing crewman from ship 300 miles offshore

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Photo of medical personnel meeting a Coast Guard helicopter to transport ailing crewman to hospital

SAN DIEGO — A San Diego-based aircrew medically evacuated a 46-year-old crewman from a bulk carrier ship 300 miles from San Diego, Tuesday.

The crew of the Liberian-flagged motor vessel, As Elysia, contacted the Coast Guard around 5:30 a.m., reporting a German crewman was suffering from severe abdominal pain and needed medical attention.

An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from U.S. Coast Guard Sector San Diego launched to conduct the medevac. The crew flew from San Diego to San Clemente Island, where they refueled before continuing out to meet the 590-foot ship.

An Air Station Sacramento HC-130 Hercules aircraft was also launched to provide communication and coordination support during the medevac.

The helicopter crew arrived on scene around 2 p.m., hoisted the crewman into the aircraft and transported him to Sector San Diego where he was transferred to emergency medical personnel for further treatment.
The weather on scene during the hoist was 10-foot seas with 27-knot winds.

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