Coast Guard conducts medevac while responding to Hurricane Tomas


Click on the image to watch a video of the Coast Guard medically evacuating an ill man from a container ship approximately 200 miles northeast of Nassau Bahamas, Nov. 5, 2010. U.S. Coast Guard Video by Petty Officer 3rd Class Tara Molle.

As Coast Guardsmen gear up and head towards Haiti to provide assistance in the wake of Hurricane Tomas, a forward staged MH-60 Jayhawk Helicopter crew responded to a call for help from a container ship about 200 miles northeast of Nassau Bahamas. A crewmember was suffering from internal bleeding and required medical care.

Medical Transfer

ANDROS ISLAND, Bahamas - An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, Fla., transfers a 25-year old Chinese national to EMS in Nassau Bahamas. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Tara Molle

The crew launched from Atlantic Undersea Test and Evaluation Center (AUTEC) on Andros Island, Bahamas, to hoisted the man off the ship as then Hurricane Tomas churned up the seas.

“We were able to safely hoist the ill man despite heightened sea and wind conditions, and obstacles aboard the vessel,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Jon Geskus, the crew’s rescue swimmer. “Our lift elevation had to be approximately 90 feet because of cranes aboard the vessel, which when combined with the 30-knot winds and 10 to 15-foot seas, made for a challenging rescue.”

Geskus and the Jayhawk helicopter crew are based at Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, in Clearwater, Fla.

CGC Forward is currently on scene in Haiti conducting port assessments and CGC Confidence departs today to provide assistance. The Coast Guard, and other U.S. forces, responded following the storm to support Haiti as the island continues to deal with the devastation from January’s earthquake.



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4 Responses

  1. Gordon Wolters says:

    I marvel at the courage and skill that our young fighting men have. So proud of Jon Geskus and that helicopter crew for all of their life saving exploits. God Bless and keep you all safe

  2. Laura says:

    I’m so proud of my son for his choice to serve in the US Coast Guard. I, too, marvel at the courage and skill our Guardians have. While he’s not on an air crew, he and his crew brave rough seas, foul weather and bitter cold as they trudge though the Bering Sea by cutter, protecting, serving and saving lives. Unfortunately, many people fail to realize just what it is the US Coast Guard does until they are the ones being rescued. There are those that don’t even know that the Coast Guard is an armed force. But I’ll tell you who does know, besides the families of Coasties… anyone who has been rescued by the CG because they went underway unprepared and the CG had to save their behinds. The drug dealers bringing in drugs from Mexico/other countries really know that the CG is, and the thousands and thousands of people rescued after hurricane Katrina, just to name a few.

    God bless our Guardians of the Sea. May they always come home safely.

  3. Darien Brown says:

    I love the coast guard and would like bacome a coast guard a lot of
    people saying i wont make it but i will show them i will make it.

  4. Michael S. Fredie, LCDR says:

    Kudos to the solid efforts of the superb CG Air Crews that support the OPBAT mission! There is no doubt that there is tremendous value with the pre-staging of these flight teams throughout the Bahamas as they are able to quickly respond to SAR situations just like this one on a daily basis. I am truly impressed with the significant contributions in all CG missions that the OPBAT deployed teams from the CG are able to provide in this region; they are true international Guardians. I am also pleased to see the continued positive relationship we share with the Governments of the Bahamas and Turks & Caicos which make our overt presence in these territories possible. Well done and thank you!