Coast Guard medevacs sick child from charter boat near Rhode Island

Coast Guard TRACEN Yorktown unveils new boatBOSTON — The Coast Guard medevaced a 12-year-old boy Friday from a charter fishing boat one mile southeast of Block Island, Rhode Island.

The boy’s father called Coast Guard Station Point Judith watchstanders at about 10 a.m. from the charter fishing boat Gail Frances. He said his son was severely ill and needed help from the Coast Guard.

A 45-foot response boat crew that was already underway diverted to the scene.

“We were training in the area when we got the notification,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Chris Diggiovanni, the officer of the day at Station Point Judith. “Once on scene, our main goal was to get him ashore as soon as possible.”

The Coast Guard crew took the ailing boy and his father aboard the response boat and took to him shore where they transferred care to an awaiting EMS crew.

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