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News Release

July 19, 2013

Ninth Coast Guard District

Contact: U.S. Coast Guard Great Lakes


Office: (216) 902-6020

Mobile: (216) 310-2608

Coast Guard medically evacuates ailing Canadian citizen off motor vessel in Lake Huron

CLEVELAND — The Coast Guard medically evacuated a man off of a motor vessel in Lake Huron, early Friday morning.

The man is a Canadian citizen, but his name and hometown are not being released, and there is no imagery available.

At 12:10 a.m., a search-and-rescue controller at Coast Guard Sector Detroit was contacted by the captain of the motor vessel Algoway who stated that one of the crewmembers was suffering from multiple symptoms that would indicate a life-threatening condition. The 650-foot, Canadian-flagged Algoway was transiting Lake Huron, 35 miles northeast of Tawas, Mich.

A rescue aircrew aboard an MH-65C Dolphin helicopter launched from Air Station Detroit.

Once on scene, the rescue aircrew hoisted the man into the helicopter and transported him to the Oscoda-Wurtsmith Airport, in Oscoda, Mich., where Iosco County emergency medical services further transported the man to Tawas Hospital in Tawas.

The man was last known to be in stable condition.

“This case demonstrates the close working relationship between the Coast Guard and local emergency response agencies,” said Cmdr. Joseph Deer, commanding officer of Air Station Detroit.

“The close relationship the Coast Guard maintains with our other emergency response partners allows those with injuries to receive the quickest and best medical care possible before their medical situations worsen.”

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