Coast Guard airlifts sick crewmember 65 miles South of Nantucket

BOSTON- A Coast Guard aircrew helped an ill fisherman aboard Newport, R.I.,-based vessel today about 65 miles south of Nantucket, Mass.

Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England received a call from Joint Rescue Coordination Centre in Halifax, Canada, reporting the fishing vessel Hedy Brenna had called for help by HF radio around 2 p.m., for one of their crewmembers that was suffering from abdominal pain.

A Jayhawk rescue helicopter crew launched from Air Station Cape Cod and arrived on scene with the 69-foot lobster boat at 3:26 p.m., to hoist the 21-year-old man.

The aircrew returned to the air station where the patient was transferred to paramedics for further transport to an area hospital.

At the time of the hoist winds were gusting around 20 miles per hour with seas around four feet.

“The boat had enhanced communication capabilities by having a satellite phone, a VHF radio and an HF radio, which has a wider range, aboard the vessel,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Jeremy Johnson, an operation unit controller at the First District Command Center in Boston.

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