Coast Guard Rescues Man from Cable Layer Rene Descartes


A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter crew medevaced a Frenchman reportedly suffering from a heart attack aboard a vessel, 80 miles west of Coos Bay.

An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station North Bend safely transferred the 55-year-old man to emergency medical personnel, Thursday at 6:33 a.m., who transported him to Bay Area Hospital in Coos Bay.

Coast Guard 13th District command center watchstanders in Seattle received a notification from Rescue Coordination Center France personnel that a crew member on the 144.50 meters long, French-flagged, cable-laying vessel Rene Descartes was experiencing symptoms of a heart attack.

“This case highlights our well-developed multi-national coordination capabilities,” said Cmdr. Robert Workman, response officer for Sector North Bend, who piloted the helicopter during the rescue. “Our duty to the maritime community transcends nationalities and borders as we train daily and continue to build our local and global agency partnerships.”






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