Coast Guard medevacs man in lower Lake Erie

A Coast Guard aviation survival technician is lowered from an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Air Station Detroit onto the cargo vessel Joseph H. Thompson in lower Lake Erie near Marblehead, Ohio, May 10, 2017. The vessel's operator requested help to medically evacuate a crewman who was experiencing life-threatening symptoms. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Isaac Padilla)

A Coast Guard aviation survival technician is lowered onto the cargo vessel Joseph H. Thompson May 10, 2017.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Isaac Padilla)

CLEVELAND – U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Detroit medically evacuated a man experiencing a life-threatening illness aboard a cargo vessel in lower Lake Erie near Marblehead, Ohio, Wednesday afternoon.

At 3 p.m., the cargo vessel Joseph H. Thompson notified a search-and-rescue controller at Coast Guard Sector Detroit that a crew member was suffering from symptoms of a life-threatening condition aboard the vessel and needed immediate medical attention.

After consulting with a Coast Guard flight surgeon, a rescue air crew launched from Air Station Detroit in an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter and a rescue boat crew launched from Coast Guard Station Marblehead, Ohio, aboard a 45-foot response boat.

An emergency medical technician traveled with the response boat, boarded the cargo vessel with the crew, and was able to better assess the man.

Once on scene with the cargo vessel, the air crew hoisted the man into the helicopter then transported him to Firelands Regional Medical Center in Sandusky, Ohio.

The man was last known to be in stable condition.

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