Coast Guard medically evacuates man with head injury

HARBOR SPRINGS, Mich. – U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City medically evacuated a male in his 30’s with a significant head injury from a 28-foot Catalina 15 miles west of Little Traverse Bay Thursday at approximately 11:15 a.m.

A Traverse City HH-65C helicopter crew arrived on scene and hoisted the man from the deck of Coast Guard Station Charlevoix’s 41-foot utility boat.

“The smooth hoist evolution was due to our frequent training with Station Charlevoix to effect safe basket rescues,” said Lt. Christopher Yane, HH-65C pilot.

Following safe transport from the 41-footer, the aircrew took the man to the Harbor Spring’s Airport for transfer to the Petoskey Hospital.

The Coast Guard received the distress call at approximately 8:15 a.m. Thursday of a man on a sailing vessel who sustained an injury to his head from the boat’s boom.

Initially, the man embarked Wednesday evening, became disoriented and then drifted to a location approximately nine miles north of Charlevoix.

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