Coast Guard airlifts injured fisherman

BOSTON – A Coast Guard helicopter crew airlifted an injured fisherman from a Portland, Maine, -based fishing vessel approximately 34 miles southeast of Nantucket, Mass., around 4 a.m., today.

Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England in Woods Hole, Mass., received a radio call from the 90-foot fishing vessel Harmony around 2 a.m., reporting that a crewmember fell and suffered a head injury.

An HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod, Mass., transported the 42 year-old man to a hospital in Boston for treatment.

His condition is unknown.

“The crew was able to use their VHF radio to call us so we could quickly get the man to medical care,” said Lt. Eric Runyon, a command duty officer for Sector Southeastern New England. “This is why the Coast Guard higly encourages boaters to have a working radio on board.”

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