Man Medevaced 753 Miles from Bermuda Arrives in Connecticut

New York – A 61-year-old U.K. man hoip was rescued Sunday arrived in New Haven, Conn., at 8:40 a.m. today. The man was medevaced after reportedly suffering from an injured hip aboard a 38-foot sailing vessel about 753 miles northeast of Bermuda.

A Coast Guard Station New Haven 41-foot rescue boat crew transferred the man from the merchant vessel Action to New Haven Fire Department Emergency Medical technicians awaiting on shore. The man was reported in stable condition and was able to walk with out assistance.

The U.K. resident was interviewed by Customs and Border Patrol officers in New Haven and then transported to the Yale-New Haven Hospital.

The man was medevaced from his vessel, the Padolu, by the Action, an AMVER participating vessel. This marks the first rescue in 2008 for AMVER.

“This is a truly wonderful example of how AMVER helps save lives, it’s very fortunate that he has made a quick recovery,” said Lt.j.g. Kristin Kistler, a Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound duty officer. “The Coast Guard realizes there is a community of solo sailors, but with the risks of sailing alone we urge mariners to bring a buddy.”

AMVER is sponsored by the U. S. Coast Guard, and is a unique, computer-based, and voluntary global ship reporting system used worldwide by search and rescue authorities to arrange for assistance to persons in distress at sea. Rescue authorities can immediately identify the nearest participating merchant ship to assist anyone reporting a distress, anywhere on our world’s oceans. For more information on AMVER, please visit http://www.amver.com/

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