St. Rose native participates in Naval rescue at Double Hot Springs 

A Naval officer from St. Rose was part of a rescue team that recently rescued a severely burned man who fell into Double Hot Springs on the Black Rock Playa in Nevada.

HIRA Petty Officer 2nd Class Abdullah Nurmohamed, a St. Rose native, was part of the Longhorn Helicopter Search and Rescue Team from Naval Air Station Fallon who rescued the man on May 21 after being contacted by the Washoe County Sheriff about an activated rescue beacon via a personal GPS tracking device.

“The NAS Fallon SAR Team was activated at 6:16 p.m. … and at 7:14 p.m. a crew of four departed for the 100-mile transit to the incident scene,” Lt. Conrad Schmidt of Naval Air Station Fallon Public Affairs said, adding that after arriving to the scene the crew instantly spotted the location of the survivor and made an immediate landing. “With the assistance of ground personnel, the crew carried the patient via litter into the aircraft.”

Schmidt said the survivor sustained severe burns on 36% of his body.

“With the survivor … safely onboard the aircraft, the crew … provided in-flight care during the 45-minute transit to Reno where the survivor was turned over to the Renown Emergency Room,” he said.

Other crew members participating in the rescue included Lt. Conrad Schmidt, copilot Lt. Elizabeth Frey, RCC Chief Petty Officer Jeffery Roscoe, and SMT Hospital Corpsman Jacob Parker.

This rescue was the fifth rescue of 2021 for the NAS Fallon SAR Team. The Navy-trained and equipped SAR unit operates three MH-60S helicopters as search and rescue/medical evacuation platforms with the primary mission of military SAR alert for the Fallon Range Training Complex in Nevada.


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Roth has both her undergraduate and graduate degree in journalism, which she has utilized in the past as an instructor at Southeastern Louisiana University and a reporter at various newspapers and online publications. She grew up in LaPlace, where she currently resides with her husband and three daughters.

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