Coast Guard medevacs man from vessel 15 miles off Harbor Beach, Michigan

Air Station Detroit MH-65 Dolphin helicopter file photo

Air Station Detroit MH-65 Dolphin helicopter file photo

DETROIT — The U.S. Coast Guard conducted a medevac of an approximately 54-year-old man off a vessel 15 miles northeast of Harbor Beach, Michigan, Friday.

Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Sector Detroit command center received a report from the 612-foot vessel Manitowoc, at about 1:15 p.m. local time, about a crewmember suffering from severe abdominal pains.

A Coast Guard Air Station Detroit MH-65 Dolphin helicopter flight crew was diverted from a training mission to assist. After a brief return trip to the air station to refuel, the crew traveled north and arrived at the vessel, a U.S. flagged ship en route to Sault Ste. Marie, Canada, at about 2:45 p.m.

Once on scene, Petty Officer 2nd Class James Rotz, the crew’s rescue swimmer, assisted the man into the rescue basket. The man was safely hoisted approximately 80 feet into the helicopter.

The man was transported to Huron Medical Center in Bad Axe, Michigan in good condition.

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