Coast Guard airlifts ailing fisherman

BOSTON – A Coast Guard helicopter crew airlifted an ailing man from a fishing vessel approximately 100 miles southeast of Nantucket, Mass., about 11:15 a.m., today.

The master of the 89.5-foot Madison Kate requested Coast Guard assistance after a crewman complained of acute abdominal distress lasting more than 18 hours. The master calculated that the Madison Kate’s transit to Nantucket would take about 20 hours.

An HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Air Station Cape Cod launched, hoisted the 39-year-old fisherman and transported him to Barnstable Municipal Airport in Hyannis, Mass., where EMS was waiting to take him to Cape Cod Hospital.

“The Coast Guard encourages mariners to contact us as soon as any medical issue arises so that together we can evaluate the situation and decide how to move forward,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Justin Stedding, a communications watchstander at Sector Southeastern New England.

The man’s status is unknown.

Air Station Cape Cod counts this as their 9,588th search and rescue case.

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