Coast Guard crew medically evacuates injured lobsterman

Coast Guard 47-foot Motor Life Boat

USCG file photo

JONESPORT, Maine — A U.S. Coast Guard rescue crew medically evacuated an injured crewman from a Maine fishing vessel, four miles south of Moose Peak Light, March 17, 2011.

Coast Guard watchstanders received a report from the captain of vessel that a 62-year old male on board suffered a head injury at approximately 10:40 p.m.

A rescue boat crew from Coast Guard Station Jonesport launched immediately to aid the injured man.

The man was given first aid assistance and was transported to Station Jonesport where emergency medical services were waiting.

“This case highlights the importance of having a working VHF marine radio on board for emergency situations,” said Lt. Nick Barrow, command center supervisor at Sector Northern New England. “The Master of the fishing vessel was able to quickly communicate distress directly to the Coast Guard, which enabled rescue boats and personnel to be dispatched and on scene as soon as possible.”

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