Saturday, May 17, 2014

Coast Guard Jayhawk Helicopter Lands on Martin Luther King Boulevard, Panama City, Florida

A United States Coast Guard helicopter lands in the middle of Martin Luther King Boulevard in Panama City early Saturday morning.  The Jayhawk chopper was airlifting a patient to Bay Medical Sacred Heart but was too large to land on the helo pad. 

Panama City Police assisted the helicopter down onto the roadway.  According to the Coast Guard out of Sector Mobile the chopper was dispatched out of Clearwater, Florida to respond to a 46 foot fishing vessel 50 nautical miles off Apalachicola Bay.  A 29-year-old fisherman had severed off his thumb and was hoisted from the AC-3 vessel. 

The Jayhawk helicopter is more than 60 feet in diameter and weighs more than 20,000 pounds.  After circling the hospital for more than 30 minutes the helicopter successfully landed and the patient was transported into Bay Medical.



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