Coast Guard Medevacs Man 90 Miles South of Nantucket
September 13, 2014
Coast Guard rescue crews from Air Station Cape Cod medically evacuated a 64-year-old man 90 miles south of Nantucket, Massachusetts, Friday.
Watchstanders at the Sector Southeastern New England Command Center received notification at 10:36 a.m. from a crewmember on the fishing vessel Albi that a man onboard was suffering from chest pains, numb limbs, and dizziness. He did not have his prescribed blood pressure medication.
Due to the fishing vessel’s distance from a hospital, the 1st Coast Guard District Flight Surgeon recommended a medevac.
Air Station Cape Cod rescue crews immediately launched with a MH-60 Jayhawk Helicopter and an HC-144a Casa airplane for support.
The man was successfully hoisted at 1:16 p.m. into the helicopter and further transported to Cape Cod Hospital.
He is listed in stable condition.
“The fishermen were pretty far offshore and it would have taken them too long to get medical treatment on their own,” said Lt. Matthew Vanderslice, the pilot of the helicopter from Cape Cod. “We were able to get there quickly and get this to man treatment.”