Laker Cason J. Callaway crewman medevaced

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. – U.S. Coast Guard Station Sault Ste. Marie medically evacuated a 51-year-old crewman, who was experiencing abdominal pains, from the laker Cason J. Callaway near the Gros Cap Light on Whitefish Bay, Friday, at approximately 3:30 p.m.

“He was in pain, bad discomfort. His movement was very restricted, but he was conscious,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Danny McDorman, a Station Sault Ste. Marie boatswain’s mate.

McDorman and his 25-foot small response boat (RB-S) crew brought the crewman aboard, safely, for transport to shore.

Emergency Medical Services transported him War Memorial Hospital.

The Callaway was upbound in Lake Superior, but it turned around to rendezvous with the station small boat crew.

The captain of the Callaway contacted Coast Guard Sector Sault Ste. Marie on channel 16 reporting a crewmember suffering abdominal pain.

Mariners are encouraged to invest in a VHF-FM radio as their primary means of distress alerting on the water. Communication via VHF-FM radio provides superior alerting capabilities over cellular phones. When a MAYDAY is sent out via VHF-FM radio it is a broadcast, not just one party is receiving the distress call; any nearby boaters can hear the distress call and offer immediate assistance.

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