USCG safely airlift burns victim from containership off California coast

A US Coast Guard helicopter crew performed a medical evacuation to lift a severely burned crew member from a container ship off of southern California.

The man on the 738-foot Isla Bella (45,000 dwt, built 2015) had suffered burns on his legs from spilled cooking oil.

The medevac operation occurred with the vessel close to Santa Rosa Island, the second largest of California’s Channel Islands, off the Santa Barbara coast.

It went smoothly and the 46-year-old man was airlifted by the MH-65D Dolphin helicopter crew from Air Station Los Angeles to Santa Barbara airport where he was transferred to the care of emergency medical services, who took him to hospital.

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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