HOUMA—The unified incident command for oil spill operations is currently medically evacuating two crewmen from two controlled burn fleet vessels, after they started experiencing chest pains.
At the time of the medical emergencies, there were no controlled burning of oil being conducted. The two vessels were actively searching for oil concentrations for future burns.
The master of one of the fishing support vessels started experiencing chest pains and was transferred to the dive support vessel Premier Explorer, which has emergency medical personnel aboard. The remaining two crewmembers aboard were experiencing seasickness and were transferred to the Premier Explorer.
A second vessel also has a crewmember experiencing chest pains. The second crewmember is currently being taken to the dive support vessel Sea Fox where emergency medical personnel are waiting.
A medevac helicopter has been dispatched to hoist all four crewmen for transfer to West Jefferson Hospital.
Aerial dispersants have been used in the area of the burn fleet, but as per safety restrictions, no dispersants are deployed within two miles of any vessel or platform.
Weather in the area of the burn fleet has been reported as 7 mph winds and seas of 2-3 feet.