Coast Guard responds to heart attack victim near Fire Island Inlet

1st Coast Guard District NewsNEW YORK – The Coast Guard provided emergency medical services to a man suffering a heart attack aboard a fishing boat near Fire Island Inlet, N.Y., today.

Coast Guard Station Fire Island received a request by the master of the fishing vessel, Captree Princess, at 10:40 a.m., to assist a 75 year-old-man, reportedly suffering a heart attack.

The station’s crew consulted a Coast Guard flight surgeon who recommended launching a 47-foot motor lifeboat to meet the vessel and transfer a station emergency medical technician aboard to perform CPR. The station crew met the vessel and transferred three crewmembers aboard, including an EMT, equipped with an automated external defibrillator.

The Coast Guard EMT performed CPR on the patient during the transit to Station Fire Island. The man was transferred to waiting emergency medical services at the station for transport to Good Samaritan Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

“Our hearts go out to this man’s family and friends during this tragic event,” said Mark Averill, the command duty officer on watch during the response. “The crew of the Captree Princess worked closely with the Coast Guard to get this man the care he needed.”

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