Coast Guard, CBP and Pennsylvania State Police conduct a medevac on Lake Erie

CLEVELAND — Boatcrews from the Coast Guard, Customs and Border Protection and Pennsylvania State Police medically evacuated a passenger from aboard a commercial vessel in Lake Erie, north of Presque Isle Light, Tuesday afternoon.

At about noon, a radio watchstander at Coast Guard Station Erie, Pa., received notification of a passenger reportedly fainting repeatedly on the motor vessel Edward John.

A Coast Guard Station Erie rescue boatcrew responded, launching aboard a 25-foot Response Boat-Small, along with boatcrews from the state police and CBP. The state police and Coast Guard crews were accompanied by members of local EMS.

The CBP boatcrew arrived at the Edward John first and transferred two officers aboard to motor vessel evaluate the passenger.

The Coast Guard and state police rescue boatcrews arrived shortly afterward and both transferred crew and EMS aboard the motor vessel.

Responders were able to safely transfer the passenger onto the state police rescue boat. The passenger was then transported to shore and taken by ambulance to St. Vincent Hospital.

The passenger was last listed in stable condition.

Great Lakes agencies regularly respond to emergencies in tandem, allowing for the most effective and expeditious response possible. Such combined efforts help local, state and federal partner agencies keep the citizens of, and visitors to, the Great Lakes safe and secure.

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