Crewmembers from Coast Guard Station Cape May prepare to transfer a burn victim ashore. Photo by Lt. Scott Farr
CAPE MAY — The Coast Guard medevaced a 37-year-old man from a tanker ship approximately 23 miles east of Cape May Feb. 11.
Personnel aboard the Angistri, a 600-foot tanker, contacted Coast Guard watchstanders at approximately 8:15 p.m. Feb. 11, reporting an engineer aboard the ship was injured due to steam burns while in the engine room.
A 45-foot Response Boat – Medium (RB-M) crew from Coast Guard Station Cape May responded to the reported distress.
Once on scene, the small-boat crew assessed the man’s condition, transferred him aboard the RB-M and transported him back to the station where the patient’s care was transferred to awaiting Coast Guard Training Center Cape May Fire Department crewmembers and local emergency medical personnel. He was later taken to Cape Regional Medical Hospital and reported to be in stable condition.
Station Cape May operates the Coast Guard's newest small boat that boasts an improved design, new ergonomics, and enhanced safety features, making boat crews more effective in performing their multiple missions, according to a press release. The RB-M is part of the Coast Guard’s plan to standardize and revitalize its shore-based boat fleet.