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News Release

July 18, 2013

Ninth Coast Guard District

Contact: U.S. Coast Guard Great Lakes


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U.S. Coast Guard medically evacuates Canadian citizen off cargo vessel in Lake Erie

Woman medically evacuated by Coast Guard

An aircrew from U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Detroit transfers a Canadian woman to awaiting emergency medical services at Windsor Airport, Ontario, July 18, 2013.

The aircrew medically evacuated the woman after she was reported to be experiencing symptoms of a heart attack.

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. Jim Emrich


CLEVELAND – The Coast Guard medically evacuated a Canadian woman suffering from signs of a heart attack from a boat in Lake Erie, Thursday morning.

The woman's name and hometown are not being released.

At 5 a.m., a search-and-rescue controller at Coast Guard Sector Buffalo, N.Y., was contacted by a SAR controller at Joint Rescue Coordination Centre Trenton, Ontario, Canada, who reported a Canadian woman suffering from signs of a heart attack aboard the 730-foot cargo vessel John B. Aird in Lake Erie.

The SAR controller from JRCC Trenton requested U.S. assistance, and a rescue aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Detroit was directed to launch aboard an MH-65C Dolphin helicopter. The aircrew launched from Niagara Airport, since it had already been responding to earlier emergencies and hadn't been able to return to Air Station Detroit yet.

Once on scene, the rescue aircrew hoisted the woman into the helicopter and transported her to a Windsor, Ontario, airport, where emergency medical services were waiting to take her to a local hospital.

The woman was last known to be in good condition.

“Our bi-national agreements with our Canadian partners allow us to closely coordinate our rescue efforts and properly allocate our rescue assets,” said Lt. Felipe Guardiola, the co-pilot on the mission.

“The captain and crew of the cargo vessel demonstrated that, even though medical emergencies are unpredictable, being prepared for them really does save lives.”

For more information, contact Lt. j.g. Ryan Hammond, public affairs officer at Coast Guard Air Station Detroit, at 586-239-6748.

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