Coast Guard aids overboard Fairhaven lobsterman off Lambert’s Cove


A U.S. Coast Guard crew transported an 18-year-old man to shore after he fell from a lobster boat off Lambert’s Cove, Wednesday, July 27.

Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England received a report from the Fairhaven-based fishing vessel Helen Irene around 11:35 am, requesting assistance after the crewman’s leg became entangled in a line and he was pulled overboard, according to a Coast Guard press release.

The crewman, who spent approximately two minutes underwater, was unresponsive after the Helen Irene crew recovered him. The crew administered CPR and revived the crewman.

A Coast Guard Station Woods Hole 25-foot Response Boat-Small boatcrew transported the crewman to Woods Hole, where paramedics met them, the Coast Guard reported.

The fisherman was transported to Falmouth Hospital. His condition is unknown.

“Having someone on board who knew CPR may have saved this man’s life,” Petty Officer 1st Class Carson Russell, the search and rescue controller, said.

“Working at sea is inherently dangerous, so having first aid training can definitely help in situations like this one.”

Mariners are encouraged to attend first aid courses that teach CPR and basic lifesaving techniques, the Coast Guard said.

Sector crews have rescued 44 lives and assisted 322 people since January 2011.