Coast Guard rescues injured fisherman south of Jonesport

Posted May 02, 2012, at 5:27 p.m.

JONESPORT, Maine — A 47-year-old fisherman who severely injured his hand while hauling gear was safely taken by the Coast Guard to shore for medical attention Wednesday.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Northern New England received a 911 request for assistance at 9:25 a.m. from the 41-foot vessel Sandy Rose, homeported in Beals Island, reporting that a crewmember had severely injured his hand.

A Coast Guard Station Jonesport 25-foot response boat crew reached the vessel about 10 a.m. about 12 miles south of Jonesport and safely transferred the fisherman to emergency medical services in Jonesport. From there the unnamed fisherman was taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor. No further information about his condition was given in the Coast Guard press release about the evacuation.

“Communication between the command center and station was quick and successful,” said Chief Petty Officer Rob Childress, the command duty officer at Coast Guard Sector Northern New England. “Having proper radio equipment helped the distressed fishermen reach us so we could arrive on scene as quickly as possible.”