Coast Guard med-evacs fisherman 55 miles east of Gloucester


BOSTON — A Coast Guard aircrew med-evaced a 55-year-old man suffering from chest pains Sunday evening 55 miles east of Gloucester.

Coast Guard watchstanders at Sector Boston received a report at around 6:30 p.m. that the master of the 75-foot fishing vessel America, homeported in Boston, was ill and in need of medical attention.

An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Cape Cod and a 47-foot motor lifeboat crew from Station Gloucester launched to assist.

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Tahoma, a 270-foot medium endurance cutter, was also diverted and assisted by relaying communications.

Once the aircrew arrived, they hoisted the man and flew him to Massachusetts General Hospital.

The seas were 3 to 5 feet and the winds were 25 knots at the time of the hoist. The air temperature was 26 degrees and the water temperature was 40 degrees.

The man was reported to be conscious at the time of the transfer.