Coast Guard medically evacuates woman from Apostle Islands in Lake Superior

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CLEVELAND — The Coast Guard medically evacuated a 48-year-old woman from an island in Lake Superior Thursday afternoon.

At noon, a search-and-rescue controller at Coast Guard Sector Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., received a phone call from a man requesting a medical evacuation for a women showing signs of a heart attack on Stockton Island, Wis., one of the Apostle Islands in Lake Superior.

The man reported that he was on his boat near the island when the woman’s daughter waved him down from the shore.

A rescue boatcrew aboard a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium launched from Coast Guard Station Bayfield, Wis., with emergency medical services personnel aboard.

The RB-M crew arrived on scene and transferred the EMTs onto the island. The EMTs attended to the woman and transferred her to the RB-M, and the crew further transported the woman, her daughter and a friend to the smallboat station, where an ambulance was waiting to take the woman to a nearby hospital.

The woman’s condition is unknown.

“The Coast Guard works hand-in-hand with other emergency response agencies in efforts to respond to emergencies like this,” said Petty Officer 3rd Class Daniel Harris, officer of the day at Station Bayfield.

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