USCG Medevacs Chinese Injured Crewmember from Bunun Hero Bulk Carrier

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The Coast Guard HH60 Jayhawk helicopter crew medevaced a Chinese crewmember from the 587-foot bulk carrier Bunun Hero Tuesday night in the Atlantic Ocean, approximately 175 nautical miles northeast of Puerto Rico.

Coast Guard watchstanders in Sector San Juan received the medevac request at 5 p.m., Monday from the Panamanian-flagged ship for a 20-year-old crewmember, who sustained multiple broken bones and a head injury after falling from a crane onboard the ship.

The Bunun Hero was transiting on a voyage to Europe and approximately 525 nautical miles northeast of Puerto Rico, outside the range of responding rescue helicopters, when the captain of the ship reported the incident to the Coast Guard.  

Sector San Juan watchstanders requested the Bunun Hero head towards Puerto Rico to shorten the distance for the medevac. 

A Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater HH-60 Jayhawk rescue helicopter crew in Great Inagua, Turks and Caircos flew to Air Station Borinquen in Puerto Rico in anticipation of the ship’s arrival to the rendezvous location.  Sector San Juan watchstanders dispatched the HH-60 helicopter crew that met with the Bunun Hero and lowered their rescue swimmer, along with a rescue basket, to stabilize the injured ship’s crewmember.  An Air Station Miami HC-144 Ocean Sentry Aircraft crew also launched from Air Station Borinquen to provide air support during the medevac.

The Coast Guard helicopter crew safely hoisted the patient onboard with the assistance of the ship’s crew and transported the patient to the Isla Grande Airport in San Juan, Puerto Rico.  Emergency Medical Service personnel received the patient and transported him to the “Centro Médico” Hospital for treatment.

Sea News, April 12