Coast Guard airlifts ailing crewmember

BOSTON – A Coast Guard air crew medevaced an injured crewmember from a fishing vessel about 43 miles east of Chatham, Mass., at about midnight.

The 54-year old male crewmember aboard the 83-foot Mary K was found unconscious and later reported experiencing pain throughout his body.

The crew of the Mary K, a New Bedford-based fishing vessel, radioed Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England around 9:30 p.m., requesting medevac for the crewmember.

The crewmember was airlifted to Hyannis airport and transferred to awaiting paramedics for further transport to an area hospital.

On scene weather was visibility to about seven miles, winds around 17 miles-per-hour and calm seas.

“The Coast Guard encourages mariners to contact us as soon as any medical issues arise at sea so we can evaluate the situation and decide how to move forward,” said Lt. j.g. Judith Bik, the Sector Southeastern New England command duty officer.

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