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Navy’s new stealth destroyer helps rescue fisherman while on first voyage

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Posted at 10:22 AM, Dec 13, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-13 10:29:39-05

Boston, Mass. – The Navy’s new stealth destroyer, the future USS Zumwalt, helped a Coast Guard helicopter crew medevac a 46-year-old man 40 nautical miles southeast of Portland, Maine Saturday morning.

At approximately 3 a.m Saturday, the Coast Guard received a call from the 45-foot fishing boat Danny Boy stating the captain was experiencing chest pains and needed medical assistance.

A Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk from Air Station Cape Cod was launched to medevac the patient. However, once on scene, the aircrew determined the hoist too dangerous due to the configuration of Danny Boy’s deck.

Sector Northern New England issued an urgent marine information broadcast requesting assistance from nearby vessels.

The Zumwalt was conducting sea trials offshore and offered assistance. Zumwalt launched a small boat crew and transferred the injured captain to the destroyer. From there, the Coast Guard air crew successfully hoisted the man and transported him to the Portland Jetport where awaiting EMS took him to Maine Medical Center for further medical care.

“Our main concern with this type of medical emergency is to recover the patient safely and transport them to a higher level care as quickly as possible,” said Lt. David Bourbeau, public affairs officer at Sector Northern New England. “Fortunately the Zumwalt was operating in the area and was able to provide valuable assistance to facilitate a safe hoist evolution for the rescue crew.”