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Man Medically Evacuated by Coast Guard from Apostle Islands

Updated: 09/04/2014 11:16 PM
Created: 09/04/2014 11:14 PM WDIO.com

A 72-year-old man was medically evacuated from a sailboat Thursday afternoon in the Apostle Islands after the U.S. Coast Guard says the man was experiencing extreme stomach pain. 

The Coast Guard says the vessel was between Stockton Island and Madeline Island when a communications watchstander received the report around 4 p.m. via marine radio. 

A rescue boat launched from Bayfield, transferred the patient from his vessel, and brought him to an awaiting ambulance. The man was taken to Ashland Memorial Hospital. 

"The Station Bayfield boat crew provided an exceptionally swift response to a mariner in need of urgent medical care," said Lt. j.g. Derek Puzzuoli, the public affairs officer at Sector Sault Sainte Marie in a statement. "They coordinated flawlessly with local emergency medical services to provide first-rate assistance to the distressed mariner."

The man's condition is unknown. His name and hometown are being not being released by the Coast Guard.

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