Coast Guard airlifts 16 year old sailboat passenger

BOSTON – The Coast Guard airlifted a 16-year-old boy requiring medical attention from a sailboat 125 miles southeast of Cape Cod today.

The boy’s father, aboard the sailing vessel Why Not, called the Coast Guard after becoming concerned about the condition of his son, who was believed to be suffering from the effects of dehydration.

The First Coast Guard District Command Center in Boston instructed the sailing vessel to head towards Nantucket, Mass., in order to close the distance from shore.

Air Station Cape Cod launched a Jayhawk rescue helicopter, which arrived on scene with the vessel at 4:39 p.m. The Air Station also launched a Falcon jet to provide cover for the Jayhawk as a precaution because the sailing vessel was far off shore.

The helicopter crew successfully hoisted the boy and took him back to the air station, where local paramedics took the young man to Falmouth Hospital for further treatment.

“The sailing vessel was far off shore and his father was very concerned about his condition,” said Lt. Josh Harrington, operations duty officer at the Air Station. “We consulted with the flight surgeon and were glad we could get this young man to a facility where he can get proper medical attention.”

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