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Coast Guard hoists man from water tower in Port Fourchon

Coast Guard hoists man from water tower in Port Fourchon
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POSTED: Friday, November 15, 2013 - 2:30pm

UPDATED: Friday, November 15, 2013 - 2:34pm

A Coast Guard aircrew medevacked a man who fell into a water tank in Port Fourchon Thursday.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received a report from the Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office of a man who fell 30 feet into a water tower in Port Fourchon. A firefighter climbed into the tank and treated the man, who reportedly sustained a large gash to his head and possible fractured skull. The water tower is reportedly 145 feet high with a 30-foot diameter opening at the top.

Sector New Orleans directed the launch of a Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew to the tower at approximately 6 p.m. Air Station New Orleans aircrew arrived on scene and hoisted the man from a catwalk on top of the water tower and transferred him to ERA Helo Pad 9. Emergency Medical Services personnel transported the man to University Hospital in New Orleans.

"We had to position the rescue swimmer in a very, very small confined space - between a two-foot wide railing - to safely hoist the patient aboard," said Lt. Ken Rockhold, Air Station New Orleans pilot. "He apparently lost his footing while doing maintenance on top of the tower; our frequent standardized training really helps us out in these unique situations."

The man was reported to be in stable condition.

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