Coast Guard medically evacuates crewman off freighter in Lake Michigan

CLEVELAND — A rescue aircrew, from Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City, Mich., medically evacuated a male crewmember from a commercial vessel near Manitou Island, in Lake Michigan, Tuesday evening.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Lake Michigan, in Milwaukee, received notification at about 9 p.m. CDT of a crewmember aboard the motor vessel Joseph L. Block, a 715-foot, U.S.-flagged commercial vessel, reportedly complaining of lower abdominal pain. After a conference call between the 9th Coast Guard District, Sector Lake Michigan and Air Station Traverse City’s flight surgeon, it was decided that a medevac was the best course of action.

The rescue aircrew, aboard an MH-65C Dolphin rescue helicopter, immediately launched and met the vessel at about 10 p.m. CDT near Manitou Pass. After safely airlifting the man off the vessel, the crew transported him to waiting emergency medical services at Charlevoix Airfield. He was taken to Charlevoix General Hospital.

The man’s current condition is unknown.

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