NYPD makes daring aviation rescue on commercial tanker

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — After a worker fell Thursday on the commercial tanker High Courage, police exhibited some courage of their own, initiating an aviation rescue to aid the injured man.

A call came in around 1:20 p.m. that a 24-year-old had fallen on the vessel, requiring medical assistance, police said.

The NYPD’s Aviation Unit immediately launched two helicopters and arrived at the ship, which was located 16 miles off Breezy Point, Queens, approximately 20 minutes later, police said.

Pilot Detective Christopher Maher maneuvered a helicopter into position over High Courage as Emergency Services Unit medic Detective Mel Maurice descended toward the deck of the vessel, police said.

Once on deck, Maurice stabilized the victim quickly and prepared him to be airlifted. The man was strapped to a stretcher and hoisted up to the helicopter.

“As we were going up I was making eye contact … and letting him know it was OK, everything was going to be all right,” Maurice said at a press conference Thursday, according to the New York Post. It’s satisfying to know you helped somebody.”

The victim was then transported to Staten Island University Hospital, Ocean Breeze, in stable condition, police said.


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