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WESTERN COMMAND's NAVAL FORCE EVACUATES ILL SEAFARER

Published: Sunday, 08 April 2018

#TeamWESCOM, through the Naval Forces West (NFW) conducted Medical Air Evacuation (MEDEVAC) to one of the crew members of MV Evangelia, a cargo ship traversing at Sulu Sea, 35NM East of Puerto Princesa City (PPC) on April 8, 2018.

"Upon receipt of a call at around 4 o’clock in the afternoon from the Philippine Coastguard (PCG)-Palawan, the NFW was informed that MV Evangelia Skipper, Captain Ernesto Abuan, requested for an immediate medical treatment to one of his crew named Mr Santos Tambo Jr, 49 years old, who suffered face burn caused by the explosion of one of their air-conditioning units. Naval Air Unit West (NAU-W) personnel, together with Western Command (WESCOM) medical personnel, immediately boarded one AW109 Helicopter (NH432) to conduct MEDEVAC mission.

At around 5:30 pm of the same day, the team successfully landed at the said cargo ship, promptly conducted medical assessment of the physical condition of Mr. Tambo Jr, and airlifted him to PPC. The victim, together with the Medical team, arrived at Philippine Air Force Hangar, Puerto Princesa City at around 6 pm and he was brought to Camp General Artemio Ricarte Station Hospital (CGARSH) for medical treatment," according to the report received from Naval Forces West.

Mr. Tambo Jr sustained 3rd degree burn. By 7:30pm, the patient was already discharged from CGARSH and was transferred to Palawan Cooperative Hospital, Puerto Princesa City for further treatment.

Team WESCOM through all our operational units shall continue to provide ready services in times of emergency and for our constituents who need help.

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