Coast Guard medically evacuates crewmember from vessel Joseph L. Block

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.—The U.S. Coast Guard medically evacuated a crewmember suffering chest pains from the freighter Joseph L. Block at approximately 7:30 a.m., March 24, 2010.

“The man was responsive and was able to walk to the stretcher before the ambulance took him to the hospital,” said Seaman Jared Weeks, a watchstander at Station Grand Haven. “He did look like he was experiencing some discomfort in one of his arms though.”

The Joseph L. Block, a 714-foot vessel, was approximately 30-miles southwest of Grand Haven when they reported a crewmember in distress at approximately 6 a.m.

Coast Guard Station Grand Haven launched a 47-foot Motor Life Boat (MLB), carrying four emergency medical technicians, in response to the distress at approximately 6:40 a.m.

The MLB arrived on-scene at approximately 7:30 a.m. and proceeded to transport the victim from the Joseph L. Block to Station Grand Haven, where local emergency medical services transported the man to the North Ottawa Community Hospital.

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