One of the crew of fishing vessel Moon Glow was airlifted by the US Coast Guard following a shark attack.
The crewman had been in the water clearing nets from Moon Glow’s fouled propeller when he was bitten by a shark of unknown size and species. Other crew members treated the victim by applying a tourniquet to the 64-year-old man’s partly amputated leg, and radioed for help.
The Coast Guard watch consulted the duty flight surgeon, who recommended a medevac.
A Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew launched to the scene approximately 35 miles south-east of Grand Isle, Louisiana.
When the helicopter crew arrived, a Coast Guard rescue swimmer administered first aid and applied a new tourniquet to the man’s leg. The crew hoisted the injured man and transported him to University Medical Center New Orleans in critical condition.
Image: US Coast Guard, courtesy Air Station New Orleans