Coast Guard Airlifts Sick Fisherman

NEW YORK-The Coast Guard is airlifting a man suffering from chest pains aboard a fishing vessel approximately 100 miles south of Montauk, N.Y., today.

Coast Guard Sector South Eastern New England received the initial broken radio transmission at 1:30 p.m. from the Fishing Vessel Courtney Elizabeth, a 75-foot fishing vessel home ported in Point Judith, R.I. Coast Guard Sector South Eastern New England immediately contacted Sector Long Island Sound who initiated communications with the vessel.

“In our communications with the vessel we were told the man was complaining of chest pains and was observed to have blotchy skin and swelling in his face and neck,” said Lt.j.g. Rudy Gazvoda, the Sector Long Island Sector Duty Officer. “There is a first responder trained crewman aboard the vessel, who has been keeping us updated since the initial call.”

A helicopter rescue crew from Air Station Cape Cod launched at approximately 3 p.m. The crew is estimated to be on scene at around 4 p.m. The Coast Guard rescue swimmer stabilized the fisherman for transport to Air Station Cape Cod where local emergency medical personnel are waiting for transport to local hospital.

The seas are reported at 5 feet with winds of 5-10 mph.

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