Coast Guard medevacs 48-year-old fisherman

1st Coast Guard District NewsBOSTON — The Coast Guard medically evacuated a 48-year-old fisherman from a commercial fishing vessel at about 10:15 a.m., approximately 90 miles southeast of Cape Elizabeth, Maine, Monday.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Northern New England received a call at 8 a.m. Monday via marine-band VHF channel 16 from the 44-foot fishing vessel Rachel T, homeported in Portland, Maine, reporting that the vessel’s captain was suffering from severe abdominal pain and vomiting.

A Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod, Mass., MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter rescue crew immediately launched, and once on scene the crew safely hoisted the man.

He was taken to Maine Medical Center, in Portland, Maine. His condition is unknown.

“Even though the fishing vessel was 90 miles offshore, the crew was able to establish radio communications with the Coast Guard and we were able to quickly make the decision to respond and take the captain off the boat in order to receive emergency medical attention,” said Lt. Nick Barrow, command center supervisor at Coast Guard Sector Northern New England. “At sea, minutes count.”

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