Coast Guard rescue crews medically evacuated a 48-year-old male from the fishing vessel Diligence 41 nautical miles south of Nantucket, MA, at approximately 6:30 a.m. today (March 20).

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England received notification from the Diligence via VHF radio that a crew member was slammed against the side of the vessel after it hit a wave. He was suffering from head, back and leg injuries.

The sector contacted Air Station Cape Cod who launched a MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter. Extreme weather conditions led to an unsuccessful first attempt to hoist the man. The rescue crew successfully hoisted the man on a second attempt and transported him to an awaiting local ambulance at Hyannis Airport.

“Conditions made it extremely difficult to hoist the patient,” said Ltjg. Jared Carbajal, a pilot from Air Station Cape Cod. “Fortunately we were able to complete the hoist and successfully transferred the patient in stable condition to waiting EMS.”

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