Coast Guard airlifts Island heart patient to Mass General

A Coast MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter lands at Massachusetts General Hospital Tuesday, Feb. 16 after transporting a patient from Martha’s Vineyard Hospital. Courtesy USCG.

With MedFlight grounded due to severe weather conditions, a Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod helicopter crew was called upon to medevac a 70-year-old woman experiencing heart trouble, Tuesday evening from Martha’s Vineyard Hospital to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

At approximately 6:30 pm, Tuesday, Martha’s Vineyard Hospital notified the First Coast Guard District command center that a patient needed to be airlifted to Boston. Other medical flight services were unavailable due to weather conditions, according to a Coast Guard press release.

At the time, a strong storm with gale force winds and driving rain was moving across southeastern Massachusetts. All Steamship Authority ferries had been cancelled for the remainder of the day.

An Air Station Cape Cod MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew launched at approximately 8 pm, bound for Martha’s Vineyard Airport, where the patient was brought by EMS.

The patient arrived at Mass General Hospital at approximately 10:30 pm.

“Cases like these are always a team effort,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Glenn Jimenez , an operations specialist at the First Coast Guard District command center. “When the weather is poor and time is limited, we rely on a network of fellow professionals.”