Coast Guard rescues fishermen off MDI

Posted July 20, 2012, at 3:50 p.m.

SOUTHWEST HARBOR, Maine — Rescue personnel from the local U.S. Coast Guard base medically evacuated a man Friday morning from a boat near Great Duck Island.

In a press release, the Coast Guard indicated that it was notified around 11 a.m. Friday that a crewmember on the 35-foot fishing vessel Ferne R., homeported in Southwest Harbor, was suffering from heart attack-like symptoms. Great Duck Island is located about seven miles south of Mount Desert Island in the Gulf of Maine.

Coast Guard Station Southwest Harbor launched a 25-foot response boat with an EMT on board and arrived at the scene 10 minutes later. The man was transported back to Mount Desert Island and then transported by ambulance to MDI Hospital in Bar Harbor.

“The station launched quickly and arrived on scene in a matter of minutes,” said Paul E. Painter, a search and rescue coordinator at Sector Northern New England. “Our crews were able to transport the man to get him to medical care as fast as possible.”

The condition of the rescued man was not known Friday afternoon.

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