Coast Guard Medevacs Crewmember 65 Miles From Shinnecock Inlet

Shinnecock, N.Y. – A Coast Guard rescue crew from Air Station Cape Cod, M.A. medevaced a crewmember from a 60-foot dragger vessel 65 miles off the Shinnecock inlet at 3:06 p.m. today.

Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound, New Haven, CT. received a relayed distress call from the Ronda Denise, a vessel in the area, at 1:26 p.m. reporting an unidentified male crewmember on the Shinnecock II fishing vessel was suffering from a possible heart attack, medical history was unknown.

A Coast Guard Falcon jet and HH-60 helicopter from Cape Cod responded immediately. The HH-60 conducted the rescue in five to seven foot seas with 25-knot winds.

In less than optimal conditions and well off-shore the regional command center at Sector Long Island Sound reacted swiftly using resources as far away as Cape Cod, MA.

“This case demonstrates how the Coast Guard’s new regional organization is well designed to rapidly bring in resources from outside the local area for off-shore rescue in less than ideal conditions,” said Capt. Peter Boynton, Commander Sector Long Island Sound.

The HH-60 transported the victim to local emergency medical technicians at Stony Brook University Medical Center, N.Y. at 3:45 p.m.

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