Coast Guard crew medevacs sick sailor

BOSTON- A Coast Guard boat crew helped a 50-year-old woman who fell ill aboard a 170-foot schooner today at 3:08 p.m., near Point Judith, R.I.

Coast Guard Station Point Judith received a radio call from the sailing vessel Mystic, homeported in Mystic, Conn., reporting that one of the 15 crew aboard was sick and needed medical attention.

The station launched a 47-foot rescue boat with two area paramedics aboard and met the vessel inside Point Judith Harbor of Refuge at 3:41 p.m.

The patient was transported back to the Coast Guard station and the paramedics took her to a local hospital.

At the scene winds were around 15 miles per hour with five-foot seas.

“The Coast Guard urges boaters to contact us as soon as there is a medical concern at sea,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Kieran Goin, the officer on duty at Station Point Judith. “Knowing how to respond to an emergency can really make a difference.”

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