Coast Guard Medevacs Man From Prudence Island, RI
October 25, 2014
The Coast Guard emergency response crews from Station Castle Hill in Newport, Rhode Island medically evacuated a 62-year-old man from Prudence Island, Rhode Island Thursday, October 23.
At 8:28 p.m., watchstanders at the Sector Southeast New England Command Center received a request from the Portsmouth Fire Department for Coast Guard assistance in transporting a man who was possibly suffering from a stroke.
A medevac was recommended by the 1st Coast Guard District Flight Surgeon who requested additional patient information when available.
Station Castle Hill rescue crews launched and embarked Portsmouth Fire Department personnel who further briefed the flight surgeon stating that the man had a history of heart problems and high blood pressure.
Castle Hill crews safely picked up the man and transported him to awaiting EMS in Portsmouth, Rhode Island.
“Prudence Island is in a remote location and they rely on the Portsmouth Fire Department to transfer people who need help,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Jason Eggers, the operations petty officer at Station Castle Hill. “With the weather being bad, the fire department called us to assist and we gladly helped our first-responder partner.”