Coast Guard aircrew transports woman in labor from Martha’s Vineyard

CAPE COD, MA - An HC-144 Ocean Sentry from Air Station Cape Cod passes over the US Coast Guard Cutter Seneca during Operation Orange Flag on April 2nd, 2015. Operation Orange Flag 2015 is a multi-service, multi-national search and rescue exercise designed to allow various rescue personnel and assets to learn to seamlessly operate together under a variety of conditions. Orange Flag featured multiple jumps out of US Coast Guard, Air National Guard and Royal Canadian Air Force aircraft, including C-144's, C-130's, H-60's and HH-60's. (New York Air National Guard / Staff Sergeant Christopher S Muncy / released)BOSTON – An aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod, Massachusetts transported a woman in labor from Martha’s Vineyard Wednesday.

Watchstanders at the 1st Coast Guard District in Boston received a call from Martha’s Vineyard Hospital requesting help in transporting a 26-year-old woman currently 28 weeks pregnant and in labor.

The on-duty flight surgeon recommended transport as soon as possible. Immediately an HC-144a Ocean Sentry Aircraft crew from Air Station Cape Cod was dispatched to the island.

The crew landed and picked up the woman, two medical providers and a family member. They flew to Boston and transferred the expectant mother, her family member and the medical personnel to an ambulance which took them to Massachusetts General Hospital for advanced care.

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