Coast Guard medically evacuates boater with severed finger near Montauk

1st Coast Guard District News
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Coast Guard medically evacuated a 23-year-old male Wednesday, after he severed his middle finger while working with fishing gear aboard the 52-foot fishing vessel Sea Smoke.

The Coast Guard received a report from the vessel at approximately 12:45 p.m. that a crewmember from of Montauk, N.Y., was injured and that the vessel was 39-miles southeast of Montauk Point. A Coast Guard flight surgeon was consulted and he recommended the patient be transported off the vessel for immediate medical attention.

A rescue helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod, Mass., safely hoisted and transferred the man to Eastern Long Island Hospital in Greenport, N.Y. He is reported to be alert and in stable condition.

“With the help of our Coast Guard aircraft from Air Station Cape Cod, we were able to respond quickly and get the injured mariner the necessary medical attention,” said Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Russell Wolfe, a member of Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound.

Coast Guard operations for Long Island Sound, including the south shore of Long Island and along coastal Connecticut are coordinated from a single command center located at Sector Long Island Sound, on the eastern side of New Haven Harbor.

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