Coast Guard assists disabled mariner on the Hudson River

1st Coast Guard District NewsNEW YORK – A Coast Guard boat crew assisted a disabled mariner with a pre-existing medical condition, on the Hudson River approximately one mile north of the George Washington Bridge today.

The Coast Guard received the initial call for help at 9:50 a.m., reporting two people aboard a 25-foot vessel who were experiencing engine trouble and were unable to make way. The operator of the vessel, who suffered from a form of chronic asthma, required the use of a nebulizer to assist his breathing, which was not aboard the boat.

The Coast Guard Cutter Penobscot Bay, from Bayonne, N.J., was anchored nearby. A rescue boat crew deployed from the cutter and towed the vessel to nearby Ross Dock in Fort Lee, N.J. They were met by Emergency Medical Technicians who provided the patient with oxygen before transferring him to Englewood Hospital in Englewood, N.J. in stable condition.

“Mariners with existing medical concerns should always bring their medication with them when they go out on the water,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Vania Czumak, an Operations Specialist with the Coast Guard Sector New York Command Center.

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