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Pararescuemen from the 129th Rescue Wing California Air National Guard prepare to jump from the rear door of a Coast Guard C-130 Hercules airplane approximately 1,400 miles southwest of San Diego April 1, 2010.The Coast Guard and Air National Guard worked together to respond to medevac an injured 57-year-old man by dropping four pararescuemen, an inflatable boat and other rescue and survival equipment. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Henry G. Dunphy)
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Air Guard, Coast Guard work together to save sailor off the coast of Mexico

Posted 4/2/2010   Updated 4/2/2010 Email story   Print story


Release Number: 010410

4/2/2010 - MOFFETT FEDERAL AIRFIELD, Calif. -- Air National Guardsmen from the 129th Rescue Wing are currently assisting the U.S. Coast Guard with a search and rescue mission of an injured sailor off the coast of Baja, Calif.

Responding to the call from Coast Guard Air Station Sacramento, the pararescue team known as PJs, was picked up by a Coast Guard's HC-130 Hercules Thursday morning and are currently on board the sailing vessel Wind Child, located southwest of La Paz, Mexico. The team is providing medical assistance to a 56-year-old male who suffered a head injury aboard the vessel.

The 129th RQW will further assist in the recovery of the patient and the PJs by sending two HH-60G Pave Hawk rescue helicopters and one MC-130P Combat Shadow aircraft, accompanied with one HC-130 Hercules from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz. slated to launch Saturday, April 3.

The PJs will provide life saving medical aid while awaiting the arrival of the aircraft and for the duration of the flight to San Diego, Calif. where the patient will be transferred to a nearby hospital.

The four remaining crewmembers aboard the Wind Child will continue their voyage. The injured man is not the captain of the vessel and the boat has not sustained any damages.

The primary mission of the 129th RQW is to train and be prepared to perform its wartime mission of combat search and rescue anywhere in the world. In addition to its wartime mission, the unit also works closely with the Coast Guard and various civil agencies on state missions. Equipped with MC-130P Combat Shadow tankers and HH-60G Pave Hawk rescue helicopters, the 129th has performed a wide variety of civilian search and rescue missions, including distressed persons aboard ships, lost or injured hikers, and medical evacuations.

Photos of the medevac will be made available online at www.129rqw.ang.af.mil
Photo and interview opportunities will be available to the media. Please contact Airman 1st Class Jessica Green mailto:jessica.green.2@ang.af.mil at 650-603-9484 for more information.

4/9/2010 8:48:24 AM ET
I had no idea the United States Coast Guard had such far reaching capabilities. Go Guardians
R3, MD
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