Coast Guard medically evacuates 69-year-old man north of Charlevoix, Mich.

9th Coast Guard District NewsCLEVELAND – A rescue boatcrew from Coast Guard Station Charlevoix, Mich., conducted a medical evacuation of a 69-year-old man from a sailing vessel about 15 miles north of Charlevoix, Tuesday evening.

The vessel was not a participant of the Chicago Yacht Club’s Race to Mackinac.

Station Charlevoix received notification from the operator of the 37-foot vessel at about 2:30 p.m., that the man had become unresponsive, but was still breathing. According to the reporting source, the man had been consuming alcohol while underway.

After consultation with a flight surgeon, who recommended medevac, the rescue boatcrew launched aboard a 25-foot Response Boat-Small.

The boatcrew transferred the man to the RB-S and, at 7:30 p.m., they brought him to Ward Brothers Marina, where they were met by emergency medical services. The man was taken to Charlevoix Area Hospital.

In the marine environment, stressors such as noise, wind, sun and wave action can accelerate the effects of alcohol impairment, increasing the likelihood of a serious boating accident. Furthermore, passengers under the influence of alcohol are at increased risk of an unexpected fall overboard while the vessel is underway, adrift or at anchor. Too many of these unexpected falls overboard result in the death of the victim, usually by drowning.

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