Coast Guard medically evacuates man suffering from kidney stones

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. – The U.S. Coast Guard medically evacuated a 51-year-old Canadian male from the Canadian-flagged motor vessel Frontenac, near DeTour Passage, Mich., Thursday, at approximately 11 a.m.

U.S. Coast Guard Sector Sault Ste. Marie received notification via VHF channel 16 from the 712-foot bulk carrier stating a crewmember was suffering from kidney stones at approximately 9:15 a.m.

Station Sault Ste. Marie launched a 25-foot response boat and recovered the man, who was taken to an awaiting Emergency Medical Services ambulance.

“The man was conscious and alert when we recovered him, but suffering from abdominal pains,” said Boatswain’s Mate 2nd Class Corey Cole, a Station Sault Ste. Marie crewman aboard the Coast Guard response boat. “The transfer was made easy due to very calm waters. The Frontenac lowered an accommodation ladder, the patient walked onto our boat and we transported him to shore.”

The Coast Guard works closely with other agencies to assist mariners in distress and encourages boaters to invest in a VHF-FM radio as their primary means of alerting distress on the water. Communication via VHF-FM radio provides superior alerting capabilities over cellular phones and is monitored around the clock by the Coast Guard.

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