Coast Guard airlifts injured fisherman off Cape Cod

BOSTON- Coast Guard crews medically evacuated an injured fisherman from a Rockland, Maine-based fishing boat about 170 miles southeast of Cape Cod, Mass.

At 5:22 p.m., Coast Guard Sector Northern New England received a radio call from the fishing vessel Araho requesting help for a crewmember who had suffered a hand injury and needed medical attention.

The Coast Guard Cutter Dependable, on patrol about 70 miles away, was diverted to rendevous with the Araho.

The Dependable met the crew of the 106-foot fishing boat around 8 p.m.

The fisherman was taken aboard Dependable, where the cutter’s medical crew administered first aid.

On scene, visibility was less than two miles with winds gusting around 15 miles per hour and seas around four feet.

Around midnight, a Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Cape Cod hoisted the patient from the 210-foot Dependable, of Cape May, N.J., and transported the patient to Massachusetts General Hospital for further treatment.

“Once the fisherman was aboard the cutter, the corpsman determined the patient was stable” said Capt. Byron Johnson, a Candian Armed Forces Exchange pilot at the air station. “As the cutter headed toward shore, we waited until the weather was safe to transfer the patient.”

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