The United States Coast Guard rescued an injured fisherman from vessel Rachel Leah fishing off from Nantucket, MA, early Thursday morning. The helicopter rescue took place after Sector Southeast New England watch received notifications from the vessel that a crewman had sustained face injuries. 

Rachel Leah reported that the 50-year-old crewman was suffering from a large laceration after a tight line was released and struck him in the face. According to the U.S. Coast Guard, the vessel was about 150 nautical miles from Nantucket at the time of the incident.

The U.S. Coast Guard rescued an injured 50-year-old fisherman who was injured on board F/V Rachel Leah. Video courtesy of U.S. Coast Guard & WPRI.

The Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter launched from Air Station Cape Cod, and HC-144 Ocean Sentry departed towards the accident due to how far Rachel Leah was offshore. The man received care on his way to the hospital. The Nantucket Current reported, “After the fisherman was hoisted into the helicopter by the USCG Jayhawk team, he was transported to the MA General Hospital Trauma Center in stable condition.”

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