New Stealth Destroyer Assists in Rescue of Fisherman

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According to the Associated Press, crewmembers from the U.S. Navy’s new stealth destroyer—the USS Zumwalt—assisted in the rescue of a fisherman suffering chest pains early Saturday, Dec. 12, off Portland, ME. Coast Guard officials received a distress call at around 3:00 a.m., saying the captain of the fishing vessel Danny Boy was suffering chest pains about 40 miles southeast of Portland. A Jayhawk helicopter responded from Air Station Cape Cod, but the crew determined that hoisting the fisherman would be too dangerous due to the configuration of the fishing boat’s deck.

A crew in a small boat launched from the nearby Zumwalt transferred the man to the destroyer’s deck. The helicopter crew then hoisted the patient and transported him to the Portland Jetport for ground transportation to Maine Medical Center.