Coast Guard Airlifts Sick Fisherman off Provincetown

PROVINCETOWN – A Coast Guard aircrew from Air Station Cape Cod medevaced a 24-year-old-man Sunday afternoon from the fishing vessel Athena, which was located approximately 115 miles east of Provincetown.

An MH-60T Jayhawk helicopter crew launched at 2:45 p.m. and arrived on scene at 4:15 p.m.

The Coast Guard was notified of the sick fisherman at around 1:45 p.m. via satellite phone by the captain of the 88-foot Nee Bedford-based Athena.

Once on scene the crew coordinated to lift the patient onto the helicopter.

At the time of the rescue the winds were out of the northwest at 10-15 knots and the waves were reaching 5 feet in height.

“It was a complex hoist due to darkness and the configuration of the boats rigging,” said Petty Officer 3rd Class Luke Headley, the aviation survival technician who rescued the survivor.

After being hoisted, the patient was flown to Hyannis Airport where an ambulance was waiting to transport him to Cape Cod Hospital.

The patient was reported to have been stable at the time of the transfer.

Click here to see a video of the rescue


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