Fisherman Evacuated Off Southwest Harbor, ME

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The Coast Guard medically evacuated a 32-year-old man from a commercial fishing vessel at about 2:45 p.m., approximately 80 miles southeast of Southwest Harbor, Maine, Saturday.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Northern New England received a call at 10:27 a.m., Saturday via marine-band VHF channel 16 from the 65-foot fishing vessel Diane Lynn II, homeported in Gloucester, Mass., reporting that a man on board was suffering from severe chest pains and a reduced pulse.

A Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod, Massachusetts, HU-25 Falcon jet arrived on scene at approximately 1:15 p.m. and maintained communications with the crew of Diane Lynn II. A Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter rescue crew along with a 47-foot Motor Lifeboat crew from Coast Guard Station Southwest Harbor arrived on scene and hoisted the man safely.

He was taken to Bangor International Airport, Bangor, Maine, to be transported to awaiting medical personnel.

“The Captain of the Diane Lynn II was able to establish communications with the Coast Guard by radio to alert us of this critical situation,” said Lt. Nick Barrow, command center supervisor at Sector Northern New England. “The distance offshore and weather conditions made this a challenging rescue effort but fortunately we were able to evacuate the ill crewman from the vessel to receive emergency medical care.”

“The extreme distances involved coupled with the poor weather conditions made the on-scene coordination by the Falcon crew invaluable. The onboard systems on the MH-60T, especially the radar, allowed us to rescue the man safely and successfully,” said Lt. j.g. Jared Carbajal, the MH-60T co-pilot.

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