Coast Guard Assists Man Suffering Heart Attack Symptoms

BOSTON – Coast Guard Station Jonesport, Maine, assisted a 63-year-old Kennebunkport, Maine, native who was experiencing heart-attack symptoms aboard his sailboat, Morning Star, near Roque Island Wednesday night.

The man was attempting to remove line from lobster pots that had become tangled in the 39-foot sailboat’s propellers when he began to experience symptoms.

His wife called the Coast Guard on VHF marine radio for help.

Station Jonesport launched a 25-foot response boat at about 9:30 p.m., and arrived in Lakeman Harbor Cove at about 10:15 p.m.

“The boat crew only had about 10 yards of visibility due to the dense fog and had to use extreme caution to navigate through several narrow, rocky passages while transiting to the cove,” said Senior Chief Petty Officer Gregory Teagle, officer in charge of Station Jonesport. “All the low visibility training we do on a regular basis really paid off during this response.”

The boat crew took the man and his wife aboard and transported them to awaiting EMS at Station Jonesport. EMS transferred them to Down East Community Hospital in Machias, Maine.

The Morning Star is currently anchored in Lakeman Harbor Cove.

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