Coast Guard helps get diabetic to hospital

Posted Aug. 22, 2009, at 6:55 p.m.

MONHEGAN ISLAND, Maine — A Coast Guard boat was called upon to help take a seriously ill man to the hospital Saturday after a LifeFlight helicopter was unable to land on Monhegan Island.

The unnamed, 40-year-old man apparently was suffering from diabetic distress. After LifeFlight could not respond due to weather and limited visibility, a Coast Guard boat from Boothbay Harbor brought a local paramedic to the island.

The paramedic and crew of the 25-foot response boat ultimately took the man to St. Andrews Hospital in Boothbay.

Coast Guard officials credited their cooperative relationship with local authorities for helping facilitate the man’s treatment. printed on August 19, 2017