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Coast Guard medevacs man with head injury 90-miles east of Jacksonville

Image by Petty Officer 1st Class Luke Clayton
Image by Petty Officer 1st Class Luke Clayton

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A Coast Guard Air Station Savannah MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew medevaced the 33-year-old man from the vessel Eagle Texas.

The Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville command center were notified Wednesday of a crew member who fell into a cargo hold and sustained a head injury. The vessel was 300-miles east of Jacksonville and changed course to rendezvous with rescue crews.

The Coast Guard launched an MH-65 crew and conducted the medevac at 6:52 p.m. The man was transported to UF Health Jacksonville. There was no word on the man's condition.

An HC-130 Hercules airplane from Air Station Clearwater assisted with communications and support.
The Eagle Texas is an 800-foot tanker homeported in the Marshall Islands.