Coast Guard rescues fisherman off Southwest Harbor

Posted Oct. 01, 2011, at 3 p.m.
Last modified Oct. 02, 2011, at 6:33 p.m.

SOUTHWEST HARBOR, Maine — A Coast Guard helicopter has successfully retrieved a fisherman who suffered an apparent heart attack 60 miles off the Maine coast.

Lt. Nick Barrow said a helicopter was dispatched from Cape Cod on Saturday after a 32-year-old crew member of the fishing boat Diane Lynn II began suffering symptoms consistent with a heart attack. The man was conscious when he was rescued at 2:45 p.m.

Barrow said the rescue took place in rain and wind. The man was being taken to the Bangor airport, and then to a hospital.

The Diane Lynn is based out of Gloucester, Mass. Barrow said it was fishing about 60 miles of Southwest Harbor.