Coast Guard air crew medevacs sick man from Martha’s Vineyard

A Coast Guard HC-144A crew transports a Tufts neonatal medical team from Boston's Logan International Airport to Nantucket, Mass., to assist a women in premature labor at 10 a.m., Aug. 24, 2015. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

(U.S. Coast Guard photo)

BOSTON — A Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod crew medevaced a 24-year-old man suffering from possible internal bleeding Friday morning from Martha’s Vineyard Hospital.

At approximately 12:30 a.m. watchstanders at the First Coast Guard District command center received a request from Martha’s Vineyard Hospital for the transport of the patient.

Civilian transport was unavailable due to weather and low visibility, and Martha’s Vineyard Hospital was not equipped to best treat the patient as his condition deteriorated.

At approximately 2:20 a.m. a HC-144 Ocean Sentry crew from Air Station Cape Cod launched bound for Martha’s Vineyard airport.

After arriving at approximately 3:30 a.m., the patient and two medical professionals from Martha’s Vineyard Hospital boarded the aircraft and took off for Logan Airport.

At 4:40 a.m. the patient was transferred to awaiting Emergency Medical Services personnel at Logan Airport. EMS then transported the patient to Massachusetts General Hospital.

“A lot of people worked hard to get the patient the care he needed,” said Lt. Bryce Van Cleef, the command duty officer at the First District command center. “Coordinating with multiple EMS services, hospitals, and airports can be tough, but in this instance everything went smoothly.”

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