A Coast Guard medevac that took place 58 miles southeast of Nantucket, Mass., last week brought into focus the skills and expertise required to get injured fishermen home safely.

The Coast Guard Sector Southeast New England was hailed by the New Bedford-based F/V Jean Marie on Wednesday, Feb. 9. They reported to Coast Guard watchstanders that a fellow crew member was having trouble breathing and needed assistance.

A Coast Guard helicopter crew launched with wearable cameras running. As the video shows, a rescue swimmer was transferred to the Jean Marie, and the Coast Guard team was able to hoist the crew member safely to the helicopter.

Video from the rescue swimmer’s camera takes over in black and white as they drop onto the bow of the boat and until the fisherman is being loaded onto the Jayhawk. The video shows the hoisting process in detail.

From there, the Coast Guard team transferred the ailing crew member to EMS in Hyannis, which took them to Cape Cod Hospital for treatment.

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Jessica Hathaway is the former editor in chief of National Fisherman.

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