Coast Guard hoists injured crewmember from sailboat

BOSTON – A Coast Guard air crew hoisted an injured crewmember from a sailboat early this morning, approximately 240 nautical miles southeast of Cape Cod, Mass.

Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England and the Coast Guard Fifth District Command Center in Portsmouth, Va., received a report from the sailboat Blackwash that a crewmember aboard the 40-foot sailboat Avra had suffered a head injury and needed medical attention.

Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod launched a Jayhawk helicopter around 2 a.m. Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., launched a C-130 Hercules long-range aircraft to provide air support for the Jayhawk crew.

The Jayhawk crew hoisted the 66-year old woman from the sailboat around 5 a.m., and transported her to Air Station Cape Cod. An ambulance then transported her to a local hospital.

Her condition is unknown.

The Avra was part of a sailing race headed to Bermuda from Newport, R.I.

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