NOAA crewmember aided by Coast Guard

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine- The Coast Guard helped a crew member who had fallen ill aboard a fishing research vessel, today, about 17 miles south of Portland, Maine.

Coast Guard Station South Portland got a call around 3:30 p.m., reporting a crewmember aboard the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration vessel, Henry Bigelow, had been complaining of abdominal pain since Monday and needed medical attention.

The 209-foot research vessel headed toward Portland Harbor to meet with a Coast Guard boat crew and transfer the patient for further care.

A 47-foot boat crew from the station arrived on scene with the ailing crewmember around 5:30 p.m., and took the patient to the state pier where paramedics were standing by.

The patient was ultimately taken to Maine Medical Center for treatment.

At the time of the medevac seas were about six feet with winds gusting up to 23 miles per hour and visibility around two miles.

“Due to the sea state, we decided to meet the NOAA crew near the entrance to Portland Harbor,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Henry Otten, a member of the boat crew from station South Portland. “Once we were on scene with the patient, the transfer went very smoothly.”

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