Coast Guard Medevacs Man After Vessel Collision

Clearwater, Fla. – The Coast Guard medically evacuated a 75-year-old man suffering from lacerations to his arms at about 12 p.m., Sunday, after his catamaran and a commercial-fishing vessel collided about 10-miles south west of Cedar Key, Fla.

Richard Ehlers, of Sarasota, Fla., and his wife were aboard their 44-foot catamaran Dream On when it collided with the 40-foot commercial-fishing vessel Cindy Lee at about 11:30 a.m., Sunday. Ehlers’ wife reported the incident to the Coast Guard, and an HH-60 Jayhawk rescue helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater arrived on scene at about 12 p.m. to medevac Ehlers.

Ehlers was brought to Air Station Clearwater where an ambulance transferred him to Blake Memorial Hospital in Sarasota, Fla., in stable condition.

The Cindy Lee, homeported in Cedar Key, had three people onboard and began taking on water after the collision. The crewmembers were able to stop the flooding and steer the vessel back to its homeport. The Coast Guard is investigating the cause of the collision.

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