Cutter Seneca rescues injured fisherman

BOSTON – A Boston-based Coast Guard cutter crew rescued an injured crewman from a fishing boat approximately 40 nautical miles south of Nantucket Island, Mass., Wed., July 28, 2010.

The 22-year old fisherman fell and injured his shoulder while aboard the 69-foot fishing boat Captain Bligh. His condition at the time of the rescue was stable, but his current condition is unknown.

The Coast Guard Cutter Seneca crew diverted from their routine patrol in the North Atlantic to assist the crewman after the Captain Bligh crew contacted Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England via satellite phone.

The Seneca’s boarding team and boat coxswain safely transferred the fisherman from the fishing boat to the 270-foot cutter and began heading toward shore while Petty Officer 1st Class Carole Arcelay, a health services technician, evaluated, treated and prepared the crewman for transfer.

The Seneca crew transferred the crewman to a 47-foot boat crew from Coast Guard Station Provincetown who transported him to the station where they were met by local EMS.

The Captain Bligh, which is home ported out of Point Judith, RI, had been out for three days lobster fishing.

The on scene weather was 10-20 knot winds with 2-3 foot seas.

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