The crew of a Coast Guard MH-65D Dolphin helicopter medevaced a crew member from the 653-feet (199-metres) Marshal Islands-flagged bulk carrier ship Yasa Jupiter on Saturday(June 14), approximately 60 nautical miles northeast of San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Watch-standers at Coast Guard Sector San Juan received the medevac request on Friday (June 13) night from the Marshall Islands flagged ship for a 26-year-old crew member, who was suffering from abdominal pain.
“This case was an excellent representation of superior communication from the cargo ship Yasa Jupiter, the Sector San Juan Command Center and Air Station watch-standers,” said Lt. Adam Morehouse, MH-65 Air Station Borinquen aircraft commander for the case. “Sector San Juan coordinated an exact position and time to be on scene, while the flight crew worked to establish the best flight path and hoist sequence, allowing us to quickly recover and bring this crew member ashore to get the medical care he required.”
The Yasa Jupiter was transiting on a voyage from Morocco to Panama, approximately 360 nautical miles northeast of Puerto Rico, outside the range of responding rescue helicopters, when the ship reported the incident and requested assistance from the Coast Guard.
Sector San Juan watch-standers requested the Yasa Jupiter to continue making way towards Puerto Rico to shorten the distance for the medevac operation.
A Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Air Station Borinquen was launched to meet the Yasa Jupiter at the rendezvous location. Upon arriving on scene, the helicopter crew lowered their rescue swimmer, along with a rescue basket, to hoist the ship crew member aboard the aircraft.
The Coast Guard helicopter crew safely hoisted the patient onboard with the assistance of the ship’s crew and transported the patient to the Fernando Luis Ribas Dominicci Airport in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Emergency Medical Service personnel received and transported the crew member to the “Centro Médico” Hospital to receive the required medical care.