Coast Guard conducts medevac of an ill Canadian woman from sailing vessel in Lake Ontario

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CLEVELAND — The Coast Guard conducted a medical evacuation of an ill woman aboard a sailing vessel in Canadian waters near Main Duck Island in Lake Ontario.

At about 10:30 a.m., Sunday, a watchstander at Coast Guard Station Sackets Harbor, New York, responded to a distress call from the sailing vessel Lavjes, a Canadian flagged vessel in Canadian waters, which reported a severely ill woman who needed immediate medical attention.

U.S. Coast Guardsmen, Canadian air crew members and volunteers attend to a woman on Main Duck Island, who was medically evacuated from a sailing vessel in Canadian waters after becoming severely ill, Aug. 10, 2014. Joint Rescue Coordination Centre Trenton, Ontario, requested the medical evacuation from the U.S. Coast Guard because they were the closest asset. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Joshua Martin

U.S. Coast Guardsmen, Canadian air crew members and volunteers attend to a woman on Main Duck Island, who was medically evacuated from a sailing vessel in Canadian waters after becoming severely ill, Aug. 10, 2014. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Joshua Martin

Joint Rescue Coordination Centre Trenton, Ontario, personnel coordinated the mission, requesting continued assistance from Coast Guard assets. A boat crew, from Station Sackets Harbor, launched aboard a 25-foot response boat and arrived on scene at about 11:15 a.m.

Upon arriving on scene, Coast Guard personnel assessed the situation and found that the victim had a weak pulse and was unresponsive. The boat crew transported the woman to Main Duck Island and transferred her to a Canadian rescue helicopter. A diver from a Canadian dive vessel administered oxygen to the woman.

Upon arrival at Main Duck Island, the boat crew lit a smoke flare to alert the crew onboard the rescue helicopter of their location.

The Canadian rescue crew flew the woman Kingston, Ontario, for treatment. Her current condition is unknown.

“This was a job well done by the first responders today and a perfect illustration of our seamless distress response capability across our shared border with Canada,” said Chief Petty Officer Joshua Martin, officer-in-charge at Station Sackets Harbor. “I commend all the U.S. and Canadian professionals and on-scene volunteers who assisted today for going above and beyond to help someone in need.”

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