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VIDEO: Navy warship assists in medevac of Maersk box ship crew after explosion

PortandTerminal.com, June 6, 2020

OCEAN CITY, MD – An explosion in the engine room of the LAURA MAERSK container ship injured one crew and disabled the ship, late Jun 4 in North Atlantic, SE of Newark, USA.

The Maersk vessel was too far out at sea for a Coast Guard MH-60 helicopter to make it both ways to medevac the injured crew member who suffered burns in the explosion.

Instead, the Coast Guard Fifth District coordinated with U.S. Fleet Forces Command to have the helicopter land on the USS Mahan (DDG 72) and refuel before conducting the medevac.

Screenshot of USCG rescue helicopter refuelling on the USS Mahan (DDG 72)
Screenshot of USCG rescue helicopter refuelling on the USS Mahan (DDG 72)

Once on scene, the aircrew hoisted the man onto the helicopter and transported him to Norfolk Sentara General Hospital in Norfolk, Virginia.

Screenshot of USCG MH-60 helicopter medevac of crew member from Laura Maersk
Screenshot of USCG MH-60 helicopter medevac of crew member from Laura Maersk

A plan is currently being developed to salvage the disabled vessel.

As of 0530 UTC Jun 6, LAURA MAERSK remained according to track, disabled and adrift, no tug in sight according to Maritime Bulletin.

Guided-missile destroyer USS Mahan (DDG 72)
FILE PHOTO: Guided-missile destroyer USS Mahan (DDG 72) U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Vincent J. Street

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