Coast Guard rescue crews medevac fisherman near Nantucket, Mass.

Northeast Atlantic Coast Guard News
BOSTON — Coast Guard rescue crews medically evacuated a 48-year-old male from the fishing vessel Diligence 41 nautical miles south of Nantucket, Mass., at approximately 6:30 a.m. today.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England received notification from the Diligence via VHF radio that a crew member was slammed against the side of the vessel after it hit a wave. He was suffering from head, back and leg injuries.

The sector contacted Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod who launched a MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter. Extreme weather conditions led to an unsuccessful first attempt to hoist the man. The rescue crew successfully hoisted the man on a second attempt and transported him to an awaiting local ambulance at Hyannis Airport.

“Conditions made it extremely difficult to hoist the patient,” said Ltjg. Jared Carbajal, a pilot from Air Station Cape Cod. “Fortunately we were able to complete the hoist and successfully transferred the patient in stable condition to waiting EMS.”

The Coast Guard provides search and rescue assistance to those in peril 24/7 365 days a week.

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