On Monday, February 2nd, Coast Guard officials rescued a fishing boat captain near Venice, Louisiana following an early-morning head injury onboard the vessel.
Details remain sketchy as to how the injury occurred but the investigation is ongoing.
Watchstanders working in the Sector New Orleans Command Center received a call from a member of the crew notifying them of the head injury at approximately 6:43 a.m.
In response, the Air Station immediately mobilized an MH-35 Dolphin rescue helicopter.
The chopper was on scene by 8:40 a.m., hoisted the captain from the vessel and transported him back to the Air Station for emergency medical treatment.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the captain and his family–we wish you a speedy and complete recovery.
While accidents do happen from time to time, most injuries are avoidable.
Whether injured due to the carelessness of a fellow crewmember or an unseaworthy condition on the vessel itself–if an accident happens and it is not your fault, you have rights under laws like the Jones Act.
Contact an experienced maritime lawyer today in order to safeguard your future and avoid making costly mistakes.