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Patuxent River Search and Rescue Provide Medical Evacuation for Merchant Mariner in Chesapeake Bay

PATUXENT RIVER, MD, UNITED STATES Posted 01.26.2022, – Story by Chief Petty Officer Patrick Gordon, Naval Air Station Patuxent River A crew from Naval Air Station Patuxent River’s Search and Rescue (SAR) squadron was called into action Thursday, January 20, 2022, for medical evacuation (MEDEVAC) of an injured mariner in the Chesapeake Bay. Working with mission partners in U.S. Coast Guard National Capital Region, the Pax River “SAR Dogs” quickly made their way north of the air station after getting the call of an injured person aboard a ship docked at the Cove Point Terminal near the gas liquefaction facility in Lusby, Maryland. Weather conditions had begun to deteriorate, and winds, rain, and swift currents made other methods of reaching the injured mariner difficult. After assessing the conditions, the Pax SAR crew was airborne and on their way. “Calls for MEDEVAC are fairly uncommon; the majority of the time we will get calls for mariners that have been lost at sea,” said Lt. Wendy “LOSA” Zehner, Patuxent River SAR Plans & Training officer and pilot of the helicopter during the MEDEVAC call. “In a case like this, Maryland State Police Trooper aircraft or Coast Guard usually take the calls, but […]

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