Coast Guard medically evacuates man during Chicago to Mackinac Race

CLEVELAND – The U.S. Coast Guard medically evacuated an injured man during the Chicago to Mackinaw Race at approximately 11 a.m., July 25, 2010.

Coast Guard Cutter Hollyhock, homeported in Port Huron, Mich., received a report of an injured man aboard a sailing vessel approximately three miles west of Muskegon, Mich., around 8:30 a.m.

Hollyhock crews responded by launching their small boat and returning the man to the cutter, where he was soon airlifted to a Grand Rapids, Mich., hospital by an HH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City, Mich.

Coast Guard surface and air assets work closely together to keep mariners safe and provide emergency assistance.

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