Coast Guard Assists Ill Fisherman Near Shinnecock Inlet


A U.S. Coast Guard rescue boat was deployed early last Thursday morning to pick up an ill crew member aboard a fishing vessel about 1 mile south of Shinnecock Inlet.

Shortly before 7 a.m. on May 10, Coast Guard officials received a call from the Good News II, a 95-foot fishing boat out of Hampton, Virginia, requesting medical attention for a 63-year-old crew member, according to Petty Officer 2nd Class Jetta Disco, a spokeswoman for the Coast Guard. At the time, the boat was about 28 nautical miles south of Shinnecock Inlet.

“His condition was not serious enough to be a helicopter Medevac,” Petty Officer Disco said, explaining that she could not divulge the exact nature of the man’s medical condition due to health privacy laws.

After assessing the situation, Coast Guard officials directed the captain of the Good News II to head toward Shinnecock Inlet and, a short time later, Station Shinnecock deployed a rescue boat to meet the vessel and pick up the ill fisherman. The boats met up about 1 mile south of the inlet, where the transfer took place.

“We quickly transited out to meet the fishing vessel and safely transferred the patient to our boat,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Rogers, the rescue boat coxswain, in a press release. “We assessed the patient’s condition and administered basic first-aid treatment while we headed back to the station.”

After reaching shore, the ill fisherman was transported by ambulance to Southampton Hospital.

The fishing vessel was traveling from Virginia to New Bedford, Massachusetts, at the time of the emergency, according to Petty Officer Disco.

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