Coast Guard medevacs man near Nantucket, Mass.

1st Coast Guard District NewsBOSTON — Coast Guard rescue crews medically evacuated a 39-year-old male from the fishing vessel Mekong approximately 10 nautical miles east of Nantucket, Mass., at approximately 3 a.m. today.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England received notification from the Mekong of a crew member reportedly suffering from stomach pains and shortness of breath.

Sector Southeastern New England immediately launched a Coast Guard Station Chatham, Mass., 42-foot near-shore lifeboat. The crew member was safely transferred to the lifeboat and was transported to awaiting EMS at the Chatham Fish Pier. He was then taken by ambulance to Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis, Mass.

As America’s maritime first responder, the Coast Guard frequently conducts maritime medical evacuations. In an average year, the Coast Guard conducts more than 20 medical evacuations in the Northeast.

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