Coast Guard aircrew transports injured crewman

BOSTON — A Coast Guard aircrew transported an injured crewman to shore from a vessel about 200 nautical miles off the coast of Cape Cod, Mass. on Wednesday.

The Fifth Coast Guard District in Portsmouth, Va., received an email from the crew of the 515-foot motor vessel Dijksgracht around 10:45 a.m., Tues., March 23, 2010, requesting assistance for a crewman who sustained a leg injury from a fall earlier that morning.

The vessel, which was on its way to Texas from New York, turned toward Cape Cod after the accident to meet a Coast Guard rescue crew closer to shore. The Dijksgracht crew traveled through 25-foot seas and 40-45 knot winds to get close enough to Cape Cod for the rescue.

The First Coast Guard District in Boston dispatched an HU-25 Falcon Jet crew and an HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod to hoist the 25-year old crewman from the boat.

The Jayhawk crew hoisted the man and transported him to a hospital in Cape Cod around 4:45 p.m.

His condition is unknown.


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