Video: USCG Medevacs Tanker Captain

Posted by Eric Haun
Thursday, August 07, 2014
Image: USCG

A U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) helicopter crew medevaced the captain of a tanker approximately 50 miles offshore of Corpus Christi Wednesday morning. Watch the video here.

Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Sector Corpus Christi command center were notified Tuesday at approximately 4:30 p.m. that the 50-year-old captain of the Weser, a 422-foot oil and chemical tanker vessel was experiencing severe pain in his leg with a possible blood clot. A Coast Guard flight surgeon concurred with the need for medevac.

At the time of the initial report, the vessel was more than 365 miles east of Corpus Christi and beyond the range of responding helicopters. With sunset approaching and taking into account the inherent dangers involved with a night time helicopter hoist, the watchstanders requested the tanker head towards Corpus Christi, so the medevac could be performed as soon as the tanker was in range.

An aircrew aboard an MH-65 Dolphin rescue helicopter was dispatched at 8 a.m. along with an aircrew aboard an HU-25 Falcon fixed-wing aircraft to act as communications relay and a 45-foot Response Boat — Medium from Coast Guard Station Port Aransas to act as back up. The helicopter crew flew more than 50 miles offshore and arrived at the location of the tanker at approximately 8:45 a.m. The helicopter crew lowered their rescue swimmer to the deck of the ship to stabilize the captain on a stretcher with the assistance of the tanker’s crew. The aircrew then hoisted the captain aboard the helicopter and transported him to Spohn Shoreline Hospital.

“With the nature of his condition, we were concerned with stabilizing the patient’s leg during the hoist,” said Chief Petty Officer Shaun Legas, the rescue swimmer aboard the helicopter. “The sector command center watchstanders and both aircrews had to work through a language barrier with the tanker’s mixed nationality crew. The teamwork and professionalism displayed by all responding units, watchstanders and the tanker’s crew made this difficult operation a success.”

The captain is being treated at Spohn Shoreline Hospital and is in stable condition.
 

Maritime Today


The Maritime Industry's original and most viewed E-News Service

Maritime Reporter April 2016 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Tanker Trends

Crowley to Christen 3rd LNG-ready Product Tanker

Crowley Maritime Corp. announced it will hold a christening ceremony Thursday, May 5 in New Orleans for the newly built Louisiana, the company’s third of four new Jones Act product tankers.

Venezuelan Crude Sales to US Fell 8% in April

Venezuelan crude sales to the United States declined 8.3 percent in April to 734,700 barrels per day (bpd) compared with the same month of 2015, amid delays at PDVSA's main ports,

Tanker Departs Libya Empty amid Political Crisis

A tanker that an oil company set up by Libya's eastern government prevented from loading has left the eastern port of Marsa el-Hariga, a port official said on Wednesday.

News

Crowley to Christen 3rd LNG-ready Product Tanker

Crowley Maritime Corp. announced it will hold a christening ceremony Thursday, May 5 in New Orleans for the newly built Louisiana, the company’s third of four new Jones Act product tankers.

Venezuelan Crude Sales to US Fell 8% in April

Venezuelan crude sales to the United States declined 8.3 percent in April to 734,700 barrels per day (bpd) compared with the same month of 2015, amid delays at PDVSA's main ports,

Bureau Veritas Acquires TMC Marine

Bureau Veritas has acquired international consultancy TMC Marine Ltd.    TMC has provided pre- and post-casualty advice and support to the marine industry since 1979.

Coast Guard

Sipu Muin Modernization Work to Begin in May

Canadian Coast Guard plans upgrades for Air Cushion Vehicle   A scheduled modernization of the Canadian Coast Guard CCGS Sipu Muin will see the Air Cushion Vehicle

US Coast Guard to Unveil Historic Lifeboat

A ceremony unveiling a historic lifeboat as a new static display in Chatham, Mass. is scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday at U.S. Coast Guard Station Chatham.   The

Oil Spill in Schuylkill River

The U.S. Coast Guard and partner agencies are responding Tuesday to an oil sheen in the Schuylkill River.   The Coast Guard received a report of a sheen on the

Maritime Safety

OMB - Subchapter M Cleared for Publication

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) completed its review of the draft final rule entitled Inspection of Towing Vessels, also known as "Subchapter M." The

Tanker Departs Libya Empty amid Political Crisis

A tanker that an oil company set up by Libya's eastern government prevented from loading has left the eastern port of Marsa el-Hariga, a port official said on Wednesday.

UNSC Highlights IMO's capacity-building work in Gulf of Guinea

IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim has welcomed the Presidential Statement from the United Nations Security Council (S/PRST/2016/4) in which the Council strongly condemns acts of murder,

 
 
Maritime Security Naval Architecture Navigation Offshore Oil Pipelines Ship Electronics Ship Repair Ship Simulators Sonar Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.0812 sec (12 req/sec)