Coast Guard rescues man suffering from diabetic distress

BOOTHBAY HARBOR, Maine – The Coast Guard transported a man to the hospital after he suffered diabetic distress on Monhegan Island in Boothbay Harbor, Maine, Saturday at 11:40 a.m.

Coast Guard Sector Northern New England received a call from 911 requesting assistance with transporting the 40-year old male to the hospital.

Lifelight was called but could not land on the island. Coast Guard Station Boothbay Harbor launched a 25-foot response boat with a local paramedic on board. The boatcrew and paramedic arrived on scene at 12:30 p.m.

After examining the patient, the paramedic recommended transporting him to the hospital. After consulting with the Coast Guard flight surgeon, the boatcrew took the man to St. Andrews Hospital in Boothbay Harbor, Maine.

“We were able to work together with local authorities,” said Chris Berry, operational unit controller at Coast Guard Sector Northern New England. “Becuase of a good working relationship we were able to transport the patient to the hospital.”

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