Coast Guard medically evacuates crewman from Canadian carrier near Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.

SAULT STE. MARIE – A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter crew from Air Station Traverse City medically evacuated an ailing 57-year-old man from aboard a Canadian-flagged bulk carrier in Lake Superior Monday evening.

The crew of the motor vessel Algoma Olympic contacted emergency responders at Joint Rescue Coordination Centre Trenton, Ontario, reporting one of the crewmen, a Canadian citizen, was suffering from blackouts and hallucinations, among other symptoms. Due to the vessel’s location, about 20 miles west of Whitefish Point, the emergency responders contacted U.S. Coast Guard search and rescue controllers at Sector Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.

The aircrew arrived on scene at 2:21 p.m., hoisted the man into the helicopter, and transported him to Sault Ste. Marie Municipal Airport, where a waiting ambulance crew took him to War Memorial Hospital.

U.S. Coast Guard emergency responders on the Great Lakes routinely work with Canadian emergency responders during search and rescue cases due to the close proximity of the international border.

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