Coast Guard Rescues Sailor

 BOSTON – An Air Station Cape Cod HH-60 helicopter rescued a man from his sailboat 40 miles south of Rockland, Maine, 12:47 a.m.

Mike Hanagen, 53, called Sector Northern New England reporting that he was ill and disoriented aboard Hattie Kay, a 29-foot sailing vessel he had been operating alone for two days.

Station Rockland also launched a 47-foot motor life boat to assist in the rescue, which was used as a platform from which Hanagen was safely hoisted into the helicopter. Seas were five feet with 15 knot winds.

The air crew transferred Hanagen to Portland, Maine where a waiting ambulance took him to Maine Medical Center. Hanagen is in stable condition.

A private marine service towed the sail boat to shore.

“We appreciated Mr. Hanagen’s self-awareness because he was not sure he could continue operating the boat,” said Lt. Pat Petraca from the First Coast Guard District operations center in Boston. “We were glad he had the good sense to ask for help before he found himself in an increasinlgy dangerous situation.”

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