Mexican Navy US Coast Guard Medical Evacuation Cadet…


(MENAFN-Caribbean News Global)

San Juan, Puerto Rico – Coast Guard air and surface units combined efforts to evacuate an injured cadet from the Mexican Navy training vessel ARM Cuauhtémoc Wednesday morning, about 36 nautical miles southwest of Rincón, Puerto Rico.

Coast Guard Sector San Juan watchmen received a communication from ARM Cuauhtémoc at 11:27 p.m. Tuesday, requesting medical evacuation for a 21-year-old cadet who required a higher level of care ashore.

“I am extremely proud of the performance of the crew in executing two complex overnight transfers of the patient between multiple ships, followed by several well-executed rescue winches to the helicopter,” said Lt. Charles Chavtur, commanding officer of the Coast Guard Cutter Donald Horsley. Thanks to an exceptional level of professionalism, coordination and cooperation between ARM Cuauhtémoc, Sector San Juan, Air Station Borinquen and Cutter, I am happy to hear that this patient was able to achieve the advanced level of medical care what he needed.

Coast Guard lookouts directed the launch of an MH-60T Jayhawk helicopter from Borinquen Air Station and diverted Coast Guard Cutter Donald Horsley to conduct the medical evacuation. Once there, Cutter Donald Horsley’s crew embarked the ship’s cadet and medic from ARM Cuauhtémoc and prepared to perform a winch operation with the Coast Guard helicopter. Once positioned over the cutter, the Coast Guard helicopter crew lowered the aircraft’s rescue swimmer to assess the cadet’s condition and prepare the winch. The Coast Guard crew used the plane’s rescue stretcher to hoist the patient and a rescue basket to hoist the doctor aboard the plane.

The Coast Guard crew transported the cadet and the ship’s doctor to Fernando Luis Ribas Dominicci Airport in San Juan, Puerto Rico, where standby emergency medical service personnel received and completed transport to the “Centro Médico” hospital in San Juan.

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