Coast Guard transports ill crewman from New Bedford fishing vessel

1st Coast Guard District News
BOSTON — A U.S. Coast Guard aircrew is en route to airlift an ill crewman from an 84-foot fishing vessel nearly 15 miles south of Martha’s Vineyard, Mass., Friday.

Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England received a call on VHF-FM radio channel 16 from the scalloper boat Frontier, based in New Bedford, Mass., requesting assistance for a 51-year-old crewman experiencing difficulty breathing.

An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod was dispatched and plans to transport the man to a hospital in Cape Cod, Mass.

“We initially received the call concerning his condition around 10:30 this morning, but the ship’s doctor felt he was stable enough to make it back to New Bedford,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Stuart Broadway, a watchstander at the sector command center. “As time passed the crewman’s condition began to deteriorate so the doctor felt it was best to get him to the hospital for medical care faster than they could get him back to land.”

This is the air station’s 11th medical evacuation since January 2011.

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