Coast Guard helicopter crew airlifts Canadian man from commercial vessel

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CLEVELAND — A Coast Guard air crew airlifted a Canadian man Sunday afternoon from a commercial vessel in Canadian waters in the vicinity of Pelee Passage of Lake Erie.

Shortly after 2 p.m., a search-and-rescue controller at the Coast Guard 9th District command center, was contacted by a SAR controller at  Joint Rescue Coordination Centre Trenton, Ontario, requesting assistance with the medevac of a 57-year-old man aboard the motor vessel Algoma Enterprise. The man was reportedly suffering from severe bleeding. After conferring with the on-duty flight surgeon, the 9th District’s SAR controller directed the launch of an air crew aboard an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Detroit, located on Selfridge Air National Guard base in the Northern suburbs of Detroit.

A Coast Guard aircrew, from Air Station Detroit, involved with a medevac of a 57-year-old man transfers the patient to paramedics at the Windsor, Ontario Airport. October 27, 2013. The aircrew assisted Joint Rescue Coordination Centre Trenton, Ontario, with the medevac off of the 730-foot Algoma Enterprise, which was passing through the Pelee Passage in Lake Erie. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. Jim Cepa.

A Coast Guard aircrew, from Air Station Detroit, involved with a medevac of a 57-year-old man transfers the patient to paramedics at the Windsor, Ontario Airport. October 27, 2013. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. Jim Cepa.

The air crew launched from Air Station Detroit at 2:38 p.m. and arrived on scene with the Algoma Enterprise at 2:55 p.m. The air crew lowered a rescue swimmer, who is a trained emergency medical technician, to the ship to facilitate the airlift. After the safe airlift of the patient, the air crew transported him to the Windsor, Ontario, Airport where emergency medical services were awaiting. The medevac was completed just after 4 p.m., with the man in stable condition.

“The medevac was fairly routine because of all the training that we do not only with the commercial vessel fleet but also with our Canadian partners,” said Lt. Jim Emrich, aircraft commander of the helicopter. “We train as often as we can so all our cases will run as routinely as possible.”

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