Coast Guard medevacs man in Straits of Mackinac

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CLEVELAND-A Coast Guard boat crew medically evacuated a man Saturday afternoon from a commercial vessel in the Straits of Mackinac.

At 1 p.m., a search-and-rescue controller at the Coast Guard Sector Sault Ste Marie, Mich., was contacted by the captain of the motor vessel Burns Harbor, a 988-foot ship owned by American Steamship Co., requesting assistance with the medical evacuation of a 37-year-old man. The man was reportedly suffering abdominal pains and had collapsed and lost consciousness for two minutes. After conferring with the on-duty flight surgeon, the ship was directed to make way for St. Ignace, Mich., where they wo uld be met by a Coast Guard crew who would take the man to safety.

A rescue boat crew from Coast Guard Station St. Ignace and an emergency medical technician from emergency medical services launched aboard a rescue boat and met the Burns Harbor one mile east of the station in Lake Huron. The rescue crew transferred the man to the rescue boat. The man was taken to the Coast Guard station where EMS further transported him to the Mackinac Straits Rural Health Clinic in St. Ignace.

The man was last known to be in stable condition.

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