Coast Guard airlifts ailing woman from Beaver Island

Coast Guard District 9 NewsCLEVELAND — A Coast Guard rescue helicopter crew airlifted a 60-year-old woman who was reportedly experiencing stroke symptoms on Beaver Island in northern Lake Michigan and transported her to mainland Michigan Tuesday evening.

Search and rescue controllers at the 9th District Command Center in Cleveland received the request for medical evacuation at 5:06 p.m. The Coast Guard flight surgeon, who makes the ultimate determination on what warrants emergency transport, authorized the medevac.

A rescue helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City, Mich., launched aboard an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter. Once on the island, the aircrew embarked the woman and transported her to Harbor Springs, Mich., where she was met by awaiting EMS for further transport to a hospital.

The Coast Guard maintains great working relationships with medical personnel at emergency facilities in remote Great Lakes locations, including northern Lake Michigan’s Beaver Island.

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