Coast Guard Sector Detroit coordinated search and rescue and a medical
evacuation of a 35 year old crewman who fell overboard from the sailing
vessel Night Train during the Bayview Mackinaw Race 31 nautical miles
east of Harrisville, Mich. in the early hours today.
At approximately 1:44 a.m., a Coast Guard rescue helicopter arrived
on scene, however, the damaged mast/rigging did not permit a safe transfer
from the small boat. Within fifteen minutes, the 140 foot Biscayne Bay
arrived on scene to assist. The cutter sent an EMT in a small boat to
assess the victim’s condition.
After discussions with crew and medical flight surgeon, it was determined
that it was in the victim’s best interest to get him to a medical facility
for further evaluation. The seas had grown to 3-5 feet and winds were
20 knots, as the cutter small boat recovered the victim and brought
him to the cutter. Once safely on board, the victim was hoisted to the
helicopter. The helicopter then safely transported the victim to Alpena
Regional Hospital. Full story here.