Saturday, January 18, 2014

Coast Guard scrambles to save fisherman off Martha’s Vineyard

U.S. Coast Guard rescue crew evacuated a fisherman who was having epileptic seizures this morning aboard a vessel about 35 nautical miles south of Martha's Vineyard.

The fishing crew contacted the Coast Guard by marine radio at 8:12 am, and a flight crew aboard an MH-60 Jayhawk Helicopter from Air Station Cape Cod arrived on the scene at 9:35 am, according to the Coast Guard.

The 25 year old man, whose name was not released, was hoisted aboard the rescue helicopter from the deck of the fishing vessel.

"The time window that our flight surgeon gave us to possibly save this man was 90 minutes," said Donald Blankenship, a Coast Guard search and rescue controller. "Our crews responded immediately and were able to safely get him hoisted in just over an hour so he could get help."

The man suffering from seizures was taken to Rhode Island Hospital, in Providence. His condition is unknown.

The name of the fishing vessel is Argo, but the Coast Guard did not identify the vessel's home port.

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