Coast Guard saves sick tanker crewman

BOSTON – A Coast Guard rescue crew transferred a 35-year-old crewman from a Singapore-flagged oil tanker ship about 16 miles northeast of Hull, Mass., today after he complained of severe stomach pain.

The captain of the 577-foot ship, Advance II, called Coast Guard Sector Boston at 11:10 p.m., Tuesday and requested the Filipino man, who was in pain but in stable condition, be taken ashore.

The sector arranged to have a rescue boat meet the ship at its destination north of Boston Harbor, in Broad Sound. In the meantime they established a communications plan to monitor the man’s condition every 30 minutes.

The 47-foot rescue boat crew launched from Station Point Allerton at 2:20 a.m., and arrived alongside the Advance II in Broad Sound at 3:20 a.m. They took the man aboard and transported him to Pemberton Pier in Hull where an awaiting ambulance took him to a local hospital at 5 a.m.

“The captain did the right thing by calling us right away,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Derek LeBlanc, an operations specialist at Sector Boston. “Whenever they’re in doubt, they should give us a call.”

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