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Coast Guard crew flies boater injured near Chandeleur Islands to a Gulfport hospital

This screenshot from a video shows an aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans transporting a man with a leg injury from a vessel near Chandeleur Islands, Louisiana, May 10, 2018. The person was taken to a hospital in Gulfport, Mississippi, in stable condition. (U.S. Coast Guard photo Courtesy of Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans
This screenshot from a video shows an aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans transporting a man with a leg injury from a vessel near Chandeleur Islands, Louisiana, May 10, 2018. The person was taken to a hospital in Gulfport, Mississippi, in stable condition. (U.S. Coast Guard photo Courtesy of Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans U.S. Coast Guard

A Coast Guard crew hoisted an injured person from a vessel for a flight to a Gulfport hospital after an apparent accident on a vessel near the Chandeleur Islands.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Mobile were notified about 4:20 p.m. Thursday of a person with a leg injury, a news release said.

The Coast Guard released a video of the rescue on Friday.

An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans rescued the injured person late Thursday afternoon.

The air crew reached the person's vessel about 6:40 p.m. and flew the person to a hospital. The person is in stable condition, the Coast Guard said Friday.

The rescue appears to have been on the Louisiana side of the islands.

The Chandeleur Islands are a chain of barrier islands about 35 miles south of Gulfport and about 50 miles east of New Orleans.

The islands stretch across a 50-mile area of the Gulf of Mexico.

The Coast Guard did not say if the person was on a recreational boat or a commercial vessel.

Robin Fitzgerald, 228-896-2307, @robincrimenews
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