Staff at Martha’s Vineyard Hospital contacted First Coast Guard District watchstanders because icing and poor weather conditions had civilian medical air transport grounded, and they had two patients who required immediate transfer.
An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew medevaced a 17-year-old female with a head injury and transported her to Tufts Medical Center, and an HC-144 Ocean Sentry crew medevaced a 39-year-old male suffering from a heart condition and transported him to Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis.
“People who need us are not always out on the water,” said Lt. j.g. Nick Peters, one of the MH-60 pilots who provided the transport. “This was our third medevac in two days from Martha’s Vineyard because of less than ideal weather conditions. Our job, just like the people who work in the hospital, is to save lives.”
Both patients were reported to arrive at the respective hospitals in stable condition.