NEW YORK – Coast Guard crewmembers medically evacuated a mariner aboard a tugboat near New London, Connecticut, today.
At approximately 8 a.m., watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound command center received a call from the tugboat Jay Michael, reporting a crewmember aboard experiencing severe kidney pain approximately two miles south of New London.
The crewmember was a 55-year-old male that had a past history of kidney stones. He stated he had been sick to his stomach and unable to keep food down since 3 a.m.
A flight surgeon was briefed and recommended a medical evacuation within 24 hours.
Sector Long Island Sound launched a Coast Guard Station New London boat crew aboard a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium, who arrived on scene at 8:33 a.m.
The crew conducted the medical evacuation and transferred the mariner to a local Emergency Medical Service after returning to the Coast Guard station.
The mariner was then transferred to Lawrence Memorial Hospital in New London, Connecticut.