Coast Guard Medivacs Man 140 Miles East of Nantucket
July 9, 2013
Coast Guard rescue crews medically evacuated a 72-year-old male from the fishing vessel Good News II approximately 140 nautical miles east of Nantucket, MA, at approximately 6:30 p.m. Monday.
Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England received notification at approximately 4:30 p.m. from the Good News II of a crew member reportedly suffering from a potential stroke.
A Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod, MA, MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew and an HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircraft crew were immediately launched.
The Jayhawk crew arrived on scene and safely hoisted the man from the Good News II.
He was taken to awaiting EMS at Air Station Cape Cod and transferred by ambulance to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.
“Due to the location and number of additional factors including weather conditions and the patient’s medical status, coordination from numerous parties throughout the process was needed in order for the operation to run smoothly,” said Coast Guard Lt. Thomas Weiland, First District Command Center. ” Despite the challenges, the patient was successfully transferred to Massachusetts General Hospital. This was a great example of how many people with different backgrounds can work together to accomplish a common goal.”