Stroke Victim Medevaced by Station Jones Beach

New York – A 30-year-old crewmember reportedly suffering from a stroke was medevaced off the 47-foot fishing vessel PERSISTENCE by a Coast Guard rescue boat crew near Jones Inlet, N.Y., at approximately 12:50 a.m. today.

Coast Guard Sector New England received the initial call for help from the PERSISTENCE that was underway 25-30 miles south of Jones Inlet. The victim reportedly was suffering from numbness to the right side of his face for more than a week.

A Coast Guard Flight Surgeon recommended a medevac. Coast Guard Station Jones Beach immediately launched a 47-foot rescue boat crew and notified local Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT). The victim was medevaced to Coast Guard station Jones Beach where Nassau County EMS was waiting. He was then taken to the Nassau Medical Center for treatment.

“It’s important for all mariners to understand and be able to identify the signs of stroke and other medical emergencies,” said LT Meg Phillips, Sector duty officer at Coast Guard Station Long Island Sound. “All signs of medical emergency should be taken seriously and allow for rescue personnel to respond in a timely manner.”

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