Coast Guard medically evacuates woman form sailboat

LORAIN, Ohio – U.S. Coast Guard Station Lorain medically evacuated a 27-year-old female with nausea from a 35-foot sailboat approximately 12 miles northwest of Lorain Harbor Thursday at approximately 3:30 p.m.

“She had severe abdominal pains, so we raced her back to the Beaver Creek Marina,” said Boatswain’s Mate 2nd Class Jason Lisner, coxswain, Station Lorain.

Lisner and his 25-foot small response boat (RB-S) crew situated the woman on the back deck for safe transport to awaiting Emergency Medical Services.

EMS then took her to Lorain Community Hospital, where she was in stable condition.

Participating in a sailboat race in Put In Bay, a crewman aboard the sailboat contacted the Coast Guard via channel 16 on a marine band radio that a female passenger required immediate medical attention.

The Coast Guard encourages boaters to invest in a VHF-FM radio as their primary means of alerting distress on the water. Communication via VHF-FM radio provides superior alerting capabilities over cellular phones and is monitored 24/7 by the Coast Guard.

When a Mayday is sent out via VHF-FM radio it is a broadcast, not just one party is receiving the distress call; any nearby boaters can hear the distress call and offer immediate assistance.

A person in distress is a call away from swift rescue with a marine band radio.

To learn about regulations and additional marine band radio information, go to http://www.uscgboating.org/SAFETY/fedreqs/equ_radio.htm

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