Coast Guard aids injured man on sailboat in Penobscot Bay

Posted July 26, 2013, at 11:50 a.m.

ROCKLAND, Maine — The U.S. Coast Guard said it helped take an injured man off a sailboat early Friday morning.

The Coast Guard said it received a call by VHF radio shortly before 11:30 p.m. Thursday from the sailing vessel Elusive that a 79-year-old man may have fractured some ribs. The vessel was located about a half mile north of the island of Vinalhaven.

The Rockland Coast Guard station launched a 25-foot boat and located the Elusive shortly after midnight. By 12:41 a.m. Friday, the injured man was aboard the Coast Guard boat.

“He was picked up and safely transported back to Station Rockland,” Petty Officer 3rd Class Michael Joyce, a watchstander at Sector Northern New England, said in a Coast Guard news release.

Rockland emergency medical services took him to Pen Bay Medical Center in Rockport for treatment. His condition and identity was not immediately available.

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