Coast Guard saves tanker chief mate after trouser incident

NEW ORLEANS — A 29-year-old man was medevaced by the Coast Guard from a tanker approximately 130 miles south of Southwest Pass in the Gulf of Mexico, Thursday.

The chief mate, an Indian national and resident of Destrehan, reportedly injured his groin after his trousers got caught in a spindle while working aboard the 400-foot Panama-flagged tanker Dreggen.

Coast Guard Sector New Orleans watchstanders received a satellite phone call at 1:38 a.m. from the Dreggen and directed the launch of a Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans MH-65C Dolphin helicopter and crew. 

The aircrew safely hoisted the crewman onto a stokes litter and transported him to West Jefferson Medical Center in Marrero.

“This case resulted in a safe and smooth operation due to good flight planning and readiness to assist a mariner in need of immediate medical attention,” said Lt. Erik Anderson, Air Station New Orleans pilot, in a statement. “PHI facilitated our refueling and helped us get the crewman to the hospital in a timely manner.” 

The chief mate is reportedly in stable condition.

For video of the medevac watch the following:


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