Coast Guard Medically Evacuates Man From Vineyard

coast guard helicopterMARTHA’S VINEYARD – A Coast Guard crew from Air Station Cape Cod medically evacuated a man from Martha’s Vineyard Hospital overnight as his condition worsened at Martha’s Vineyard Hospital.

Doctors wanted the 24 year old transferred to Boston as he suffered from possible internal bleeding, but a civilian medflight was unavailable due to poor weather conditions.

The Coast Guard received the request from the hospital at 12:30 am, and launched a crew aboard a HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircraft from Air Station Cape Cod at 2:20 am. Rescuers met the patient and medical personnel from the hospital at Martha’s Vineyard Airport and took off for Boston at 3:30 am.

The patient was transferred to medical personnel at Logan Airport at 4:40 am and was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital. There is no update on his condition.

“A lot of people worked hard to get the patient the care he needed,” said Lt. Bryce Van Cleef. “Coordinating with multiple EMS services, hospitals, and airports can be tough, but in this instance everything went smoothly.”

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