Coast Guard rescues injured fisherman from Dartmouth, Mass.

BOSTON – A Coast Guard Station Chatham 42-foot response boat rescued an injured fisherman Thursday who severed two of his fingers aboard an 88-foot scallop vessel five miles east of Chatham, Mass.

The fishing vessel Ellen Marie radioed Station Chatham at 10:46 p.m. Wednesday to report the injury.

Because the vessel was far off shore, the Coast Guard instructed the fishing vessel to make for Chatham while the rescue boat launched to get the injured man off the boat so he could get proper medical attention.

The Coast Guard small boat, which is equipped with a twin-diesel, jet-drive propulsion system, arrived on scene at 5:10 a.m. and successfully got the man off the blue-hulled scallop boat.

The rescue boat arrived back at the Station at 6:30 a.m. where the man was transferred to a waiting ambulance, which brought him to Cape Cod Hospital.

The Ellen Marie continued fishing after the medical evacuation.

“The fishing boat worked with us very closely all night long to get this man proper medical attention,” said Chief Petty Officer Brent Beebe from Station Chatham. “Because the Scalloper was far off-shore when this young man got hurt, we had to find the best way to close the distance between us and them. We are glad he got off the fishing boat safely and that we could get him to a hospital.”

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