With MedFlight unavailable, Coast Guard called to medevac man to MGH

A U.S. Coast Guard HU-60J Jayhawk helicopter sits ready in an Air Station Cape Cod hangar. USCG photo by MILNES, PETE PA1

A Coast Guard air crew transported an ill 68-year-old man from Martha’s Vineyard to Mass General Hospital early Thursday morning.

Watchstanders at the Coast Guard 1st District Command Center were notified at about 12 am by Martha’s Vineyard Hospital that the man was suffering from internal bleeding and needed immediate transport to a mainland medical facility, the Coast Guard said in a press release.

With no local medical flight available, a Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew launched at 12:25 am, retrieved the man from the Island, and arrived safely on deck at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston at 1:55 am.

“We train to be ready and respond quickly at all hours.” Lt. Zephyr Mays, the responding rescue pilot at Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod said. “This mission was seamless because of the cooperation between local agencies, both hospitals, and Coast Guard responders.”