Injured Bulk Carrier Crewmember Medevaced
The 587-foot Bunun Hero was en route to Europe and approximately 525 nautical miles northeast of Puerto Rico, outside the range of responding rescue helicopters, when the vessel's captain reported the incident to the Coast Guard.
Sector San Juan watchstanders requested the Bunun Hero head toward Puerto Rico to shorten the distance for the medevac.
A Coast Guard rescue helicopter crew in Great Inagua, Turks and Caircos flew to Puerto Rico in anticipation of the ship’s arrival to the rendezvous location. San Juan watchstanders dispatched the helicopter crew that met with the Bunun Hero and lowered their rescue swimmer, along with a rescue basket, to stabilize the injured ship’s crewmember. A Coast Guard aircraft crew from Miami also provided air support during the medevac.
The helicopter crew safely hoisted the patient on board with the assistance of the ship’s crew and transported the patient to the Isla Grande Airport in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Emergency medical service personnel received the patient and transported him to the Centro Médico hospital for treatment.