Coast Guard Medevacs Injured Fisherman

BOSTON – A Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod aircrew medically evacuated a 51-year-old fisherman who sustained severe hand trauma, 40 miles south of Nantucket, Mass., from Point Judith, R.I.-based fishing vessel Briana Nicole Tuesday.

Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England received the initial call from a crewmember aboard the Briana Nicole that shipmate Bruce Harvey, a resident of Charlestown, R.I. had crushed three fingers and nearly severed a fourth finger in a winch at 4:42 p.m. Tuesday.

Air Station Cape Cod launched an HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter, with an aircrew and Health Service Technician (HS) aboard, at 5:12 p.m., and arrived on scene at 5:51 p.m. The injured fisherman was hoisted from the 76-foot vessel via rescue basket and trail line into the Jayhawk and transported to an awaiting ambulance at Hyannis Airport in Hyannis, Mass. The patient was taken to Cape Cod Hospital and then airlifted by MedFlight to Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston.

The weather during the incident timeframe was mild with 10-knot winds and calm seas.

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