Coast Guard rescues man in Long Island Sound

Coast Guard District 1 NewsNEW YORK – The Coast Guard rescued a man who was experiencing chest pains aboard his boat in Long Island Sound south of East Haven, Conn., today.

The Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound command center in New Haven received notification from the Branford, Conn., Police Department of the 50-year-old mariner in distress, who was also reporting that his sail was fouled and there was water in his vessel’s bilge. The command center deployed a rescue boat crew from Coast Guard Station New Haven with an emergency medical specialist aboard.

Once on scene, the Coast Guard rescue crew observed that the 24-foot sailing vessel’s electrical system was not operating properly, the radio was inoperable and the bilge pumps were not functioning. The mariner was able to call for help on his cell phone. Weather conditions on scene were reported as 4- to 6-foot waves with wind at 15 to 30 knots and poor visibility.

The patient was taken aboard the Coast Guard boat and was transferred to the Branford town dock to waiting emergency medical specialists. His condition was reported as stable.

“Sometimes things happen on the water. That’s why we’re here,” said Mark Averill, a command duty officer with the Coast Guard command center in New Haven.

The Coast Guard strongly recommends that mariners, both commercial and recreational, maintain their vessel’s safety equipment and overall readiness. It is vitally important to inspect the vessel’s radio before getting underway.

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