A routine training flight turned into a real rescue for a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter crew, who evacuated an injured man from a tugboat near Dauphin Island. The Coast Guard medevaced a crewmember from a vessel approximately two miles off the coast of Dauphin Island, Alabama. Dauphin Island is a town in Mobile County, Alabama on a barrier island at the Gulf of Mexico to its south.
The Coast Guard said Glenn Kelly, 53, was airlifted to University of South Alabama Medical Center after he fell 12 feet down a ladder well and injured his head.
The call came in about 3 p.m. yesterday from the 100-foot tugboat Choptank. The crew of an MH-65C helicopter that was in the area conducting training hoisted Kelly from the boat, which was about two miles from the island at the time of the call. He was transported to awaiting emergency medical services personnel at the University of South Alabama Medical Center.