Coast Guard rescues injured Jonesport lobsterman

Posted March 17, 2011, at 6:39 p.m.
Last modified March 18, 2011, at 1:29 a.m.

JONESPORT, Maine — A U.S. Coast Guard response boat rescued an injured lobsterman Thursday morning by sending a 25-foot response boat four miles south of Moosepeak Light.

Morris Alley, 62, the captain of the First Edition fishing vessel, was struck in the head when the boom used to bring the lobster traps aboard his boat let go and struck him. His sternman called the Coast Guard for help on a VHF radio.

Sr. Chief Chris Purdy said the Coast Guard response boat and a crew of four brought Alley aboard, provided emergency medical aid and transported him to the Jonesport station where an ambulance was waiting. Alley was taken to Down East Community Hospital in Machias for treatment of a head injury that was not life-threatening.

“This case highlights the importance of having a working VHF marine radio on board for emergency situations,” said Lt. Nick Barrow, command center supervisor at Sector Northern New England. “The fishing vessel was able to quickly communicate distress directly to the Coast Guard, which enabled rescue boats and personnel to be dispatched and on scene as soon as possible.”

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