U.S. Coast Guard uses medical helicopter to rescue injured fisherman off Cape Cod

U.S. Coast Guard uses medical helicopter to rescue injured fisherman off Cape Cod

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A fisherman is recovering from hand and rib related injuries suffered in a fall after he was rescued Thursday by an aircrew with the U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod.

According to a press release, the captain of the 75-foot fishing vessel Destiny notified watchstanders around 5 p.m. Thursday with the U.S. Coast Guard First District that one of his crew members had fallen and sustained injuries to his hand and ribs on the vessel, which was located 86 miles off the coast of Cape Cod.

An aircrew was assembled and an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew launched and arrived on scene at around 8 p.m.

Once on scene, the crew used a basket to hoist the fisherman to the helicopter, the Coast guard said in a press release. The fisherman, who was not identified, was then flown to Air Station Cape Cod where emergency medical services personnel were waiting to transport the 54-year-old man to Falmouth Hospital.

The Destiny is homeported out of New Bedford, the Coast Guard said.

— Jason Vallee


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