Coast Guard Station Castle Hill medically evacuates 62-year-old man on Prudence Island, Rhode Island

1st Coast Guard District News
BOSTON — Emergency response crews from Coast Guard Station Castle Hill in Newport, Rhode Island medically evacuated a 62-year-old man from Prudence Island, Rhode Island Thursday.

At 8:28 p.m., watchstanders at the Coast Guard Sector Southeast New England Command Center received a request from the Portsmouth Fire Department for Coast Guard assistance in transporting a man who was possibly suffering from a stroke.

A medevac was recommended by the 1st Coast Guard District Flight Surgeon who requested additional patient information when available.

Station Castle Hill rescue crews launched and embarked Portsmouth Fire Department personnel who further briefed the flight surgeon stating that the man had a history of heart problems and high blood pressure.

Castle Hill crews safely picked up the man and transported him to awaiting EMS in Portsmouth, Rhode Island.

“Prudence Island is in a remote location and they rely on the Portsmouth Fire Department to transfer people who need help,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Jason Eggers, the operations petty officer at Station Castle Hill. “With the weather being bad, the fire department called us to assist and we gladly helped our first-responder partner.”

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