Man Medevaced from Vessel Near Montauk, NY

NEW YORK—A man was medevaced from a 35-foot recreational vessel after experiencing severe stomach pain while at anchor on Montauk Lake, near Montauk, N.Y., at 5:55 p.m. today.Coast Guard Station Montauk received a report at about 5:30 p.m. via marine band radio channel 16 from Alan Grabsch, 61, from East Hartford, Conn., who said that he felt a sharp pain in his stomach after he and the other passenger were pulling up the vessel’s anchor.

A rescue crew from Station Montauk immediately launched and arrived on scene at 5:50 p.m. After receiving authorization from a Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod flight surgeon, the rescue crew transferred Grabsch, who was alert and conscious, onto the Coast Guard 25-foot rescue boat and took him to Station Montauk. Awaiting EMS personnel then transferred the man to Southhampton Hospital in Montauk, N.Y., where he received further treatment.

“The Coast Guard reminds all mariners to boat safely, know your body’s limitations while out on the water and if at all possible, don’t boat alone.” said Lt. j.g. Ludwig Gazvoda, Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound command duty watch officer. “You should also make sure your vessel is equipped with some means of communication, such as a radio or cell phone. This man’s condition could have gotten much worse had he chosen not to call for professional help right away.”

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