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Crewman medevaced after fall aboard Florida tug

Nov 27, 2019 02:57 PM

The mariner on Legend fell off a ladder and injured his right leg

U.S. Coast Guard photo

The following is text of a news release from the U.S. Coast Guard:

(ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.) — The Coast Guard medevaced a man from a tugboat in Tampa Bay on Wednesday. 

A Coast Guard Station St. Petersburg 45-foot response boat-medium crew medevaced a 53-year-old man from the 142-foot ATB tug Legend after the man reportedly fell down a ladder, causing an injury to his right leg.

The Station St. Petersburg boat crew transported the man to Tampa General Hospital where he received further medical care. 

Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg watch standers received a medevac request from the captain of the tug at approximately 8:15 a.m.

“This case displayed the expertise of the mariners of Legend and our boat crew in creating a way to medevac the injured member,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Thomas Geary, a crewmember on the case. “The quick thinking and adaptability of all ensured the person was stabilized and transferred to safety.”

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