Coast Guard Helicopter Crew Rescues Burn Victim

Man, 55, Badly Burned While Trying To Put Out Cargo Ship Fire About 30 Miles West Of San Diego

A 55-year-old man was badly burned Saturday when he tried to extinguish a fire that broke out on a container ship about 30 miles west of San Diego on its way to Mazatlan, Mexico, according to U.S. Coast Guard officials.

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Other crew members aboard the Motor Vessel Jupiter notified the Coast Guard about 1 p.m. to report the man sustained serious burns while trying to put out the fire aboard the cargo ship, according to Petty Officer 1st Class Henry Dunphy.

Coast Guard rescue swimmer Chris Moore made the dangerous drop.

"When I got down to the vessel, it was not exactly what we were told," said Moore. "It was a little dire, more severe than I anticipated."

Moore, a trained emergency medical technician, used a burn kit to dress the third-degree burns on the 55-year-old sailor.

"He was definitely in a lot of pain, a lot of discomfort," Moore said.

The injured man was hoisted into a Coast Guard helicopter about 3:50 p.m. and he was taken to the Coast Guard base on Harbor Drive before being turned over to paramedics, who took transported him to the burn center at UC San Diego.

The cause of fire was unknown, but the other crew members extinguished it, Dunphy said.

No other injuries or other complications from the fire were reported, Dunphy said.

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