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Coast Guard conducts medical mission

Coast Guard conducts medical mission

(Cleveland) - The Coast Guard conducted a medical evacuation from Kelley’s Island in Lake Erie early Sunday morning. The patient’s name and hometown are not being released.

Coast Guard Petty Officer Lauren Laughlin says at 3:25 a.m., a search-and-rescue controller at Coast Guard Sector Detroit was contacted by emergency medical services personnel from Kelley’s Island who requested a medical evacuation for a 72-year-old man reportedly suffering from chest pain.

Laughlin tells Newsradio WTAM 1100, after consulting with the Coast Guard’s on-duty flight surgeon, it was determined that a medical evacuation was needed.

A boat crew from Coast Guard Station Marblehead, launched aboard a 33-foot Special Purpose Craft-Law Enforcement.

They arrived at the island, took the man and an EMT aboard the SPC-LE, and transported them back to the station.

The man was transported by EMS via ambulance to Magruder Hospital in Port Clinton, and is believed to be doing well.

Laughlin says medical missions are just one of the many things the Coast Guard does. Just 3 weeks ago the Marblehead station conducted two such flights.

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