A Coast Guard helicopter crew rescued a Vietnamese fisherman
from a 40-foot shrimp boat this morning in Terrebonne Bay
The Coast Guard was notified at 5 a.m. by the vessel that a crew member
had suffered a severe blow to the head and back and was in need of
medical attention. An HH-65B Dolphin helicopter crew from Air Station
New Orleans was dispatched to the scene where the crew lowered a rescue
swimmer and litter to the shrimp boat. The patient, who was in and out
of consciousness, was placed into the rescue litter and brought aboard
the helicopter for transfer to a local hospital.
Due to inclement weather and low fuel, the helicopter crew transported
the patient to Air Station New Orleans where
an ambulance waited to
transport the patient to West Jefferson Medical Center in Harvey, La.