Coast Guard medically evacuates injured fishing vessel crewmember

1st Coast Guard District News
NEW YORK – The Coast Guard medically evacuated a 25-year-old crewmember from a fishing vessel 20 miles south of Montauk Point, N.Y., Thursday, July 7, 2011.

The crew of the fishing vessel Laura Peggy notified the Coast Guard to request medical assistance for the injured crewmember, who sustained a severe laceration to his finger.

A Coast Guard flight surgeon was consulted and determined the crewmember’s condition needed immediate medical attention and recommended he be transported off the fishing vessel.

A Coast Guard boat crew from Coast Guard Station Montauk transferred the injured crewmember off the fishing vessel to their boat and transported him to shore where awaiting emergency medical services took custody of him.

“The fishing vessel captain was relieved to know his crewmember was in good hands,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Tom Twomley, the small boat coxswain. “As soon as we transferred the crewmember to our boat he appeared to be at ease. Our trained boatcrew acted quickly with first aid response and ensured his safety during the transit.”

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