Coast Guard medically evacuates man from Beaver Island

BEAVER ISLAND, Mich. - Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Josh Tjader (orange flight suit), a North Flight paramedic (blue helmet) and other medical personnel help transport a 76-year-old man who was reportedly experiencing chest pain to a Coast Guard helicopter for a medical evacuation from Beaver Island, Mich., May 3, 2011. Personnel at the Beaver Island Rural Health Center requested the Coast Guard medevac. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. Karyn Forsyth)

Coast Guard photo by Lt. Karyn Forsyth

CLEVELAND—A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter crew medically evacuated a 76-year-old man from Beaver Island, Mich., at 11:45 a.m. Tuesday.

Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City, Mich., launched a rescue crew after receiving a report from the Beaver Island Rural Health Center of a man experiencing chest pain.

A paramedic from North Flight, an EMS provider on Beaver Island, accompanied the flight crew during the medevac.

The aircrew transferred the man safely to Air Station Traverse City, where awaiting emergency medical technicians transported him to a local hospital.

“I was impressed on how seamlessly the North Flight medical professional was able to become a member of our aircrew,” said Lt. Edward Dipierro, the aircrew co-pilot. “He conducted an on-scene evaluation of the patient with the assistance of our flight mechanic and managed cabin space to successfully transport the patient back to Traverse City airport.”

The man’s name is not being released.

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