Coast Guard Medevacs Man Suffering Allergic Reaction

New York – A 50 year-old man suffering an allergic reaction to nuts was medevaced from a 42-foot pleasure craft about 100 miles southeast of Montauk, N.Y., shortly after midnight this morning.

First Coast Guard District Command Center rescue controllers received an alert from an unlocated Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) at 9:45 p.m. Sunday. They then called the contact number listed for that EPIRB and spoke to the spouse of the captain of the Minnie Lynnie from Newport, R.I. She notified the rescue controllers that her husband, who has a known nut allergy, may have accidentally ingested an item containing nuts and was reportedly suffering an allergic reaction.

Older EPIRBs, such as this one, do not contain a GPS receiver so the satellites will only receive a serial number. Fortunately, the Minnie Lynnie’s EPIRB was properly registered and included a contact phone number.

Coast Guard flight surgeon Cmdr. Kenneth Harman of Air Station Cape Cod, recommended an immediate medevac.

The Coast Guard launched an HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter and hospital corpsman from Air Station Cape Cod, Mass., at 10 p.m., and an HU-25 Falcon medium-range rescue plane. The Coast Guard helicopter crew located the Minnie Lynnie 11:50 p.m., airlifted the victim and transported him back to the air station where awaiting EMS crew took him to Cape Cod Hospital.

The Minnie Lynnie also suffered a steering casualty. Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound rescue controllers remain in communications contact with the Minnie Lynnie’s six-person crew who are reportedly in good physical condition. The Coast Guard Cutter Tybee, a 110-foot Island Class Patrol Boat from Woods Hole, Mass., is escorting the vessel to Newport R.I.

“The proper safety equipment on board vessels is essential,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Jonathan Cinquegrana, the search and rescue controller at Sector Long Island Sound. “In this case the EPIRB was crucial in the fast response and rescue of the crewmember of Minnie Lynnie.”

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