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Press Release | May 8, 2024

Coast Guard Cutter Munro medevacs individual 20 miles off the Coast of Peru


ALAMEDA, Calif. — The U.S Coast Guard Cutter Munro (WMSL-755) conducted a medevac a 37-year-old male off the fishing vessel “Tiburon 9” approximately 20 miles off the coast of Peru, Friday.

Watchstanders from the Maritime Rescue Coordination Center (MRCC) Peru contacted the Coast Guard Cutter Munro around 1:13 p.m., regarding a crewman from the fishing vessel Tiburon 9 reporting that a 37-year-old male crewmember had received a head injury and required medical assistance.

The Cutter Munro then transited to the location of the Tiburon 9 and arrived on scene around 1:15 p.m.

The Cutter Munro crew then transferred a medical team and translator to the Tiburon 9 to assess the patient around 2:30 p.m.

At approximately 3:54 p.m. the medical team transferred the patient to the Cutter Munro for further medical treatment after stabilizing the patient.

The Cutter Munro then transited to a transited to a location off the coast of Paracus, Peru to rendezvous with a Peruvian Coast Guard Patrol craft to receive an escort. The patient was then transferred to emergency medical services on land around 5:16 p.m. and was reported to be in a stable condition.

“This opportunity to work with our partners in Peru off their coast, highlights the importance of our interoperability and ability to work closely with them,” said U.S Coast Guard Captain Rula Deisher, the Commanding Officer of the Coast Guard Cutter Munro. “Recently, we conducted a joint exercise with Peru off the coast of Lima, and it is very rewarding to see our efforts pay off in this joint rescue with Peru. Search and rescue are one of the pillars of both our Coast Guards and something we love to do and pride ourselves in.”

The U.S. Coast Guard remains committed to working closely with local authorities to ensure the safety of those at sea and the security of our partners and our own maritime borders.