On 21 May a UH-3H Sea King from the NAS Pensacola, Fla., Helicopter Support Unit participated in the rescue of a U.S. Air Force F-15C Eagle pilot who had ejected from his aircraft near St. George Island, about 20 miles off the coast of the Florida panhandle. Along with a Coast Guard HU-25 Falcon and C-130 Hercules, the Sea King reported to the scene where a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission patrol boat rescued the pilot from the water and brought him ashore. The helo picked him up, performed a medical evaluation and transported him to Tyndall AFB, Fla. On 27 May the helicopter support unit was called by the New Orleans Rescue Communications Center to assist in transporting a sailor from Pelican (MHC 53) who had sustained a .50 caliber gunshot wound in the left leg after a gun had misfired. Upon arrival the helo lowered a corpsman to evaluate the victim's injury. The corpsman was able to stop the bleeding and regain a pulse in the victim's foot. The injured sailor was stabilized, hoisted on board the helo and transported to a local hospital.
The North Cascades National Park Service contacted NAS Whidbey Island, Wash., on 19 May for assistance with a rescue on the summit of Mount Shuksan where a climber had been critically injured after a fall. A UH-3H Sea King deployed and stopped en route at Bellingham, Wash., to embark four mountain climbers from the Bellingham Mountain Council. Knowing the helo would have to lose some weight before performing a rescue at 8,500 feet, the pilot landed at a low altitude landing zone and offloaded unnecessary equipment and personnel. At the rescue site, a corpsman was lowered to assist a National Park Service Ranger who was already with the victim. Medical evaluation revealed that the victim had suffered several lacerations and multiple fractures, including a broken back. With daylight fading, the victim was hoisted on board the helo and transported to a local hospital.
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|Title Annotation:||People Planes Places|
|Publication:||Naval Aviation News|
|Article Type:||Brief Article|
|Date:||Sep 1, 2004|
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