Coast Guard medically evacuates Canadian crewmember

CLEVELAND – U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Detroit medically evacuated a 53-year-old crewmember from a 624-foot bulk freighter located in southern Lake Huron north of Harbor Beach, Mich., Monday, at approximately 3 p.m.

“He was conscious and experiencing pain throughout the day with a low heart rate,” said Operations Specialist 1st Class Gabriel Settel, U.S. Coast Guard Sector Detroit, Situation Controller. “Toronto Medical Center recommended a medevac.”

An Air Station Detroit HH-65C rescue helicopter crew deployed a rescue swimmer to hoist the man from the Canadian-flagged Ojibway. He was administered oxygen during the medical transfer to Huron Medical Center in Badaxe, Mich.

The U.S. Coast Guard was notified by the Canadian Coast Guard, based in Sarnia, after the captain of the Ojibway notified them he had a crewmember experiencing chest pains since 6 a.m. Monday. The U.S. Coast Guard worked closely with the Canadian Coast Guard to provide safe transport of the crewman.

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