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Press Release | Dec. 10, 2023

Coast Guard Humboldt Bay conducts medevac 45 miles West of Eureka

MCKINLEYVILLE, Calif. — A Coast Guard helicopter aircrew medically evacuated one person during a rescue 45 miles off the Northern California coast, Wednesday.

U.S. Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles/Long Beach watchstanders received a request from the “U.S.S. John S. McCain (DDG-56)” to medically evacuate a 40-year-old male who suffered a leg injury around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, approximately 180 miles West of Santa Barbra.

As the U.S.S. John McCain continued transiting North throughout the night, Coast Guard Sector Humboldt Bay assumed the role of search and rescue coordinator around 7:40 a.m. on Wednesday.

Coast Guard Sector Humboldt Bay watchstanders then coordinated the launch of an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew around 10 a.m.

The aircrew arrived on-scene, hoisted the passenger into the helicopter, and transferred him to emergency medical services at St. Joseph Hospital in Eureka around 12:25 p.m.

The patient is reported to be in a stable condition.