Coast Guard medically evacuates 23-year-old male from Navy Destroyer

Station Cape Cod helo operations trainingBOSTON — Coast Guard rescue crews medically evacuated a 23-year-old male Tuesday at approximately 10:40 p.m from USS James E. Williams, 220 miles off the coast of Chatham.

Coast Guard 1st District Watchstanders received notification from Navy Fleet Forces that a crewmember had a medical condition that required immediate attention at approximately 9:45 p.m. Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod launched a MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter with a health care specialist aboard. In addition, an HC-144 fixed-wing airplane provided air support.

At approximately 11:15 p.m. the MH-60 Jayhawk landed on the deck of USS James E. Williams, refueled and recovered the patient along with a Navy escort.

The Jayhawk crew transferred the patient to awaiting EMS. His care was continued at Massachusetts General Hospital.

“These are the kinds of situations the Coast Guard trains for,” explained Lt. Greg Kotowitz, co-pilot on the MH-60 Jayhawk that transported the patient. “Our interagency response, coupled with the quick action of the James E. Williams crew, ensured the safety of their crewmember.”

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