VIDEO: Medevac off Massachusetts


Summoned in the middle of the night, the Coast Guard medically evacuated a 53-year-old man earlier this month from a fishing boat off Cape Cod, Mass.

Watchstanders from the Sector Southeastern New England command center received a call at 3:38 a.m. June 4 from the 78-foot commercial vessel Hustler reporting that a man aboard had chest pains. The boat, based in New Bedford, Mass., was about 17 miles east of Nantucket.

An MH-60T Jayhawk crew from Air Station Cape Cod launched to assist. The man was hoisted to the helicopter and taken to Cape Cod Hospital.

Click play to watch the Coast Guard in action.

“Coast Guard helicopter crews are trained to respond in an array of weather conditions to mariners in distress,” Lt. Scott Koser, an Air Station Cape Cod public affairs officer, told Soundings. “In this case we worked closely with medical services to coordinate a successful operation.”

The fisherman had a heart attack and was recovering from surgery to remove two blockages in his legs, Hustler captain Tom Vinagre told the Cape Cod Times.

Vinagre praised the helicopter crew’s professionalism.

“It was unbelievable,” he said. “We didn’t even have enough time to get the boat ready, and they were already overhead. They had to wait for us. That’s how good these guys were.”