Coast Guard medically evacuates man off iron ore transport

MARQUETTE, Mich. — The Coast Guard medically evacuated a 42-year-old male from the Burns Harbor, a 1,000-foot iron ore transport vessel, after he was experiencing chest pains.

The Burns Harbor was transiting 60 miles east of here in Lake Superior.

A Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City HH-65C Dolphin helicopter airlifted the man from the Burns Harbor and transported him to Sawyer Airport to awaiting Emergency Medical Services.

“We got on scene, hoisted down the swimmer, sent down the basket and hoisted him [the victim] up, then retrieved the swimmer,” said Lt. Cmdr. Joseph Klatt, the helicopter pilot.

EMS transported him to Marquette General Hospital.

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