Coast Guard medevacs woman from Beaver Island

CLEVELAND – A rescue helicopter crew from U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City, Mich., medically evacuated a 89-year-old woman reportedly experiencing arrhythmia from Beaver Island, Mich., at about 8 p.m., July 16, 2010.

Beaver Island Emergency Medical Services requested assistance from the Coast Guard at about 6:45 p.m. Air Station Traverse City immediately dispatched an HH-65 Dolphin rescue helicopter crew.

An emergency medical technician from Beaver Island EMS accompanied the patient onboard the helicopter for the duration of the transport.

The crew transferred the Beaver Island resident safely to Traverse City, where an emergency medical crew was standing by to transport her to a local hospital.

The Coast Guard works closely with other first responders to provide efficient and expedient life saving services.

This rescue comes exactly one week after Traverse City, home to the Coast Guard air station since 1946, was proclaimed a “Coast Guard City” to recognize their tremendous support to local Coast Guard members.

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  1. Gerald Lafreniere says:

    I have been with Beaver Island EMS now for 11 years and have had to call Coast Guard many times to evacuate the sick and injured. This happens most often when the weather is too bad for any one else to fly. I would like to say thank you to all who serve in the US Coast Guard, especially 9th district, Sector Sault, Sector Lake Michigan Air Station Travers City, And Station Charlevoix.