USCG airlifts stricken French seafarer from ship off Oregon

A crewman who suffered an apparent heart attack on board a cable-laying ship offshore Oregon was medevaced to safety by a US Coast Guard (USCG) helicopter.

According to the USCG website command centre, watchstanders in Seattle received a notification from Rescue Coordination Center France personnel that a crew member on the 469-foot, French-flagged, cable-laying vessel Rene Descartes (8,208 dwt, built 2002) was experiencing heart attack symptoms while the ship was 80 miles west of Coos Bay, Oregon.

An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Station North Bend, Oregon, safely transferred the 55-year-old Frenchman to emergency medical personnel who in turn took him to Bay Area Hospital in Coos Bay.

Donal Scully

With 28 years experience writing and editing for newspapers in the UK and Hong Kong, Donal is now based in California from where he covers the Americas for Splash as well as ensuring the site is loaded through the Western Hemisphere timezone.
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