Coast Guard crew assists boater after he falls overboard

1st Coast Guard District NewsBOSTON — A U.S. Coast Guard crew transported an 18-year-old man to shore after he fell from a lobster boat off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard, Mass., in Lambert’s Cove, Wednesday.

Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England received a report from the Fairhaven, Mass., based fishing vessel Helen Irene around 11:35 a.m., requesting assistance after the crewman’s leg became entangled in a line and was pulled overboard.

The crewman, who spent approximately two minutes underwater, was unresponsive after the Helen Irene crew recovered him. The crew administered CPR and revived the crewman.

A Coast Guard Station Woods Hole 25-foot Response Boat – Small boatcrew transported the crewman to the sector in Woods Hole, Mass., where paramedics met them.

He was transported to Falmouth Hospital. His condition is unknown.

“Having someone on board who knew CPR may have saved this man’s life,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Carson Russell, the search and rescue controller at the sector. “Working at sea is inherently dangerous so having first aid training can definitely help in situations like this one.”

Mariners are encouraged to attend first aid courses that teach CPR and basic lifesaving techniques.

Sector crews have rescued 44 lives and assisted 322 people since January 2011.

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