Ill fisherman airlifted off Nantucket

NANTUCKET – A Coast Guard helicopter rescue crew medically evacuated a man from a fishing boat Saturday about 20 miles east of Nantucket.

The master of the 67-foot fishing boat Sassy Girl, homeported in Virginia, contacted Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England watchstanders at about 3 p.m. reporting a crewmember suffered a hand injury and needed medical attention.

The Coast Guard flight surgeon recommended a medevac and a helicopter rescue crew from Air Station Cape Cod launched.

“The boat’s master took action and provided first aid until the Coast Guard crew arrived on scene,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Andy Case, the search and rescue coordinator at Sector Southeastern New England. “The professionalism of both the master and the helicopter crew allowed for a safe, successful hoist and transfer to get this man the medical care he needed.”

The aircrew safely hoisted the man from the boat into the helicopter and transported him to Massachusetts General Hospital where his care was transferred to medial personnel.
Media release furnished by U.S. Coast Guard

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