Coast Guard airlifts ailing crewman from motor vessel Joseph L. Block in Lake Superior

Great Lakes Coast Guard NewsCHICAGO — The Coast Guard conducted a medical evacuation of a 45-year-old man from a 728-foot vessel in Lake Superior, one and a half miles offshore of Marquette, Mich., Tuesday afternoon.

A search-and-rescue coordinator from Coast Guard Sector Sault Sainte Marie, Mich., received notification at 5:30 a.m. from the crew of the vessel Joseph L. Block who stated that one of the crewmembers was suffering from tightness in his chest and was having difficulty breathing.

After conferring with a flight surgeon, it was determined that the man should be evacuated for further treatment. Because the vessel was located 30 miles east of Harbor, Mich., the motor vessel’s crew was instructed to divert to Marquette.

When the vessel arrived closer to shore, a rescue boatcrew launched aboard a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium from Coast Guard Station Marquette.

The rescue boatcrew arrived on scene at about 2:25 p.m., transferred the man onto the RB-M, and transported him to the smallboat station where emergency medical services were waiting.

The man was transferred in stable condition.

“We’re glad that the crew of the vessel took the necessary precautions for the safety of their shipmate,” said Chief Petty Officer Matthew Henry, a command duty officer at Sector Sault Sainte Marie, “and that we were able to help bring him ashore for further medical treatment.”

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