The captain of the motor vessel Hyundai Jupiter contacted 11th Coast Guard District command center watchstanders, requesting assistance for a crew member who reportedly suffered injuries from a 16-foot fall onboard.
Watchstanders launched a Coast Guard Air Station Sacramento C-27J Spartan aircraft and a USCG Air Station San Francisco Forward Operating Base Mugu MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew to assist.
Once on the scene, the Dolphin crew lowered the rescue swimmer, along with a stretcher, to hoist the patient into the helicopter and transported the man to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in stable condition.
The offshore environment always tries to throw surprises-especially with the fog bank not predicted to be to the surface. Luckily with all the prior coordination, we were able to shoot the approach through the clouds with a solid radar hit of the large vessel,
…said Lt. Kristin Euchler, the MH-65 Dolphin co-pilot for this rescue.