Coast Guard airlifts ailing fisherman off Monomoy

CHATHAM – Coast Guard Station Chatham and Air Station Cape Cod crews teamed up to rescue a fisherman Tuesday four miles east of Monomoy Island.

A crewmember aboard the fishing boat Godzilla III sent a radio hail for help to watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England. The crewmember reported a man aboard was experiencing chest pain and in need of immediate medical attention.

A 42-foot response boat crew from Coast Guard Station Chatham, who were already underway in Lewis Bay for a law enforcement patrol, immediately diverted to meet up with Godzilla III.

An MH-60 helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod was also diverted from their flight to help.

Once on scene, the response boat crew took the man aboard the Coast Guard boat to make for a safer hoisting platform for medevac by helicopter.

The aircrew hoisted the man into the helicopter and took him to Barnstable Municipal Airport, where his care was transferred to local emergency medical service personnel.

“The fishing boat’s captain acted quickly, calmly, and made the prudent decision to reach out to the Coast Guard as soon as he recognized a medical emergency developing aboard his vessel,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Kelly Zimmerman, who was on the response boat crew. “Safely getting this man to shore and the help he needed was a team effort.”
Media release furnished by U.S. Coast Guard

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