Coast Guard airlifts sick man 85 miles from Nantucket, MA

60 Cape CodBOSTON — A Coast Guard helicopter rescue crew medically evacuated a man from fishing vessel, Friday, about 85 miles from Nantucket.

Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England received a call from the crew aboard the fishing vessel Alexis Martina stating their captain was ill and needed medical attention.

The Coast Guard flight surgeon recommended an immediate medevac and a helicopter rescue crew from Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod launched.

Once on scene, the air crew safely hoisted the man from the vessel into the helicopter.

They flew the man to Hyannis Airport and transferred care to an awaiting EMS crew who transported him to Cape Cod Hospital.

“Our crews out at the air station train for cases like this every day,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Joshua Sharp, the operations unit coordinator at Sector Southeastern New England. “It’s great to be able to help this captain and get him the medical care he needs.”

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