Coast Guard Station Marblehead conducts 2 separate medevacs from South Bass Island Saturday morning

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CLEVELAND — The Coast Guard conducted two separate medical evacuations from South Bass Island in Lake Erie early Saturday morning.

At about midnight Friday, a search-and-rescue controller at Coast Guard Sector Detroit was contacted by emergency medical services personnel from South Bass Island who requested a medical evacuation for a 31-year-old woman suffering from a head injury after she reportedly lost her balance and became unconscious. After conversing with the Coast Guard’s on-duty flight surgeon, it was determined that a medical evacuation was needed.

A boat crew from Coast Guard Station Marblehead, Ohio, and an EMT launched aboard a 33-foot Special Purpose Craft-Law Enforcement. They arrived at the island, took the woman aboard the SPC-LE, and transported her to Catawba Island, Ohio. From there, she was transported by EMS via ambulance to Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo, Ohio.

Just minutes after the first medical evacuation call, a search-and-rescue controller at Sector Detroit was contacted a second time by EMS personnel from South Bass Island, this time requesting a medical evacuation of a 53-year-old woman suffering from neck pain and severe nausea. The Coast Guard’s on-duty flight surgeon again determined that a medical evacuation was needed.

Coast Guard Station Marblehead responded with the same boat crew aboard the same 33-foot SPC-LE with an EMT aboard. They transported the woman aboard the SPC-LE to Catawba Island, where she was transported by EMS via ambulance to a local hospital for further treatment.

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