Coast Guard medevacs Russian near Lake Charles, La.; first rescue for swimmer since arriving from Alaska

U.S. Coast Guard District 8 PADET Houston
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Date: 06.08.2014
Posted: 06.08.2014 22:46
News ID: 132510

HOUSTON — A Coast Guard aircrew medevaced a Russian man Sunday, who was coughing up blood and had difficulty breathing while his ship was anchored about 11 miles south of Cameron, Louisiana.<br /> <br /> The crew of the cargo ship Saimaagracht contacted Coast Guard Sector Houston/Galveston watchstanders at 2:15 p.m., reporting that the chief mate was having problems. A flight surgeon determined a speedy medevac by helicopter was the best option for him. The Coast Guard launched an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter and crew from Air Station Houston, including a rescue swimmer on his first response since reporting from Alaska.<br /> <br /> "He definitely needed help," said Petty Officer 2nd Class Edward Richardson, the rescue swimmer aboard the helicopter. "He would have gone down hill for sure."<br /> <br /> Richardson noted that with a significant lack of blood a person can go into shock and possibly die. Richardson was standing watch for the first time this weekend since reporting to the air station a little more than a month ago.<br /> <br /> They landed at Chennault International Airport at about 4 p.m., where they were met by an ambulance which took him to Lake Charles Memorial Hospital.<br /> <br /> The man is reported to be in stable condition.