The crew of a Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter rescued a man who fell more than 100-feet from a mountainside in Yauco, Puerto Rico, yesterday.
Coast Guard watchstanders at Sector San Juan received a request for assistance from Yauco Municipal Police for a Coast Guard rescue helicopter to hoist the 60-year-old man, who reportedly sustained multiple injuries after being kicked-off the side of a mountain while handling a goat.
The aircrew from Air Station Borinquen arrived on scene and deployed their rescue swimmer to receive the injured man from local emergency management rescue crews.
“Our junior co-pilot did an outstanding job working with an experienced flight mechanic and rescue swimmer to maneuver the helicopter in close proximity to the steep terrain in order to complete this demanding rescue,” said Lt. Cmdr. Patrick Dill, the aircraft commander.
Lt. Min Kim, the co-pilot who had just finished his vertical surface qualification last week, utilized his new training to safely maneuver the helicopter into position. Petty Officer 1st Class Matthew Bayne and Petty Officer 2nd Class Ray Rivera-Rodriquez managed the hoist and provided first aid to save the man’s life.
“It is a testament to the standardization and quality of our unit’s training program and the professionalism of our watch standers that we were able to work together to save this man’s life,” added Dill.
The man was stabilized and hoisted from the mountainside – just as a rainbow developed on the mountainside ridge. The aircrew transported him to a nearby field, where he was transferred to awaiting emergency medical service personnel. The patient was transported to a Yauco hospital to receive further medical care.