Sick Fisherman Airlifted off Nantucket
February 3, 2012
A Coast Guard helicopter crew transported a man experiencing heart-attack-like symptoms from a fishing boat 60 miles southeast of Nantucket, Massachusetts, to a Cape Cod Hospital on Wednesday night.
The weather on scene was 11-knot winds with 6’ seas.
The crew of the fishing vessel Monomoy contacted Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England at 11:00 p.m., reporting that a 46-year-old crewman was experiencing severe chest pains, with tingling hands, clammy skin and heavy breathing and was in need of immediate medical attention.
The 1st Coast Guard District Command Center conducted a conference call with the flight surgeon, who recommended a medical evacuation.
Due to the boat’s rigging and sea conditions, a rescue swimmer could not be lowered safely from the helicopter, so the crew lowered a rescue basket to the deck of the boat where the man could climb in to be hoisted up to the helicopter.