Coast Guard responds to solo Transatlantic rower in distress

1st Coast Guard District News
NEW YORK – The Coast Guard is responding to a request for a medical evacuation from a solo rower disabled more than 50 miles south of Shinnecock, N.Y., today.

Watchstanders at the First Coast Guard District command center in Boston received a call from the Maritime Rescue Coordination Center in Falmouth, U.K., that a person aboard the 24-foot ocean rowing craft Alliance Trust sustained serious injuries.

A Coast Guard flight surgeon was consulted and recommended that the rower be medevaced due to his injuries.

Responding to the medevac is a rescue helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod, in Cape Cod, Mass., and the Coast Guard Cutter Sailfish crew, homeported in Bayonne, N.J.

According to his website; NY2SY, 39-year-old Niall Iain Macdonald was attempting to row from New York City to Stornoway, Scotland, solo.

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