Coast Guard conducts medical evacuation of man from freighter on Lake Huron

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CLEVELAND — A Coast Guard aircrew conducted a medical evacuation of a man from a freighter in Lake Huron after he lost consciousness Wednesday morning.

Just after 10:00 a.m., watch standers at Coast Guard Sector Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, received a report from the motor vessel American Century, that one of their crew members was unconscious and had a previous history of heart problems.

The duty flight surgeon recommended an immediate MEDEVAC and an aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City, Michigan, was launched aboard a Dolphin helicopter.

The aircrew arrived on-scene, hoisted the man off the freighter and took him to Coast Guard Station St. Ignace, Michigan, where they were met by awaiting emergency medical services.

At the time of transfer, the man was breathing with a weak pulse, but remained unconscious.

He was taken by EMS to Mackinac Straits Hospital in St. Ignace.

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