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Rhode Island News reports the captain of the New Bedford fishing vessel Atlantic Prince radioed the Coast Guard on the night of March 15 that a 26-year-old crewmember suffered an eye injury and required immediate medical attention. At the time of the injury, the fishing vessel was about 50 miles south of Block Island.

The U.S. Coast Guard helicopter crew airlifted the fisherman to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston where he was reported to be in stable condition. reports New Bedford authorities stated the body of the 47-year-old fisherman was found by a fellow crew member at about 7:30 a.m. on January 28, 2011 floating next to a Gloucester-based herring boat.

New Bedford Detective Lt. Jeffrey Silva said the victim tried to return to the boat at about 1 a.m. after a night of socializing. Surveillance video shows the fisherman trying to pull himself onto a platform and board the vessel, when he slipped and fell 20 feet into the harbor.

Cape Cod reports that on January 16, 2011 at approximately 3:50 p.m. Coast Guard watchstanders in Boston received a report from the captain of the fishing vessel Jennifer Anne that a 53 year old fishermen was experiencing chest pain. The Jennifer Anne was approximately 115 miles east of Cape Anne, Massachusetts when the emergency happened.

An HH-60 rescue helicopter and an HU-25 Falcon Jet were dispatched to aid the injured fisherman. Once on scene the fisherman was hoisted to the helicopter and transported to Cape Cod Hospital. He was reported to be in good condition at 8:45 p.m. reports watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Corpus Christi received a request for a medevac at 10 a.m., on January 11, 2011 from the Mexican Rescue Command Center in Tampico, Mexico, stating that a crewmember aboard the Gijon IX had reportedly suffered a laceration on his head while working on deck. The fishing boat was approximately 40 miles south of South Padre Island, Texas when the accident occurred.

The Coast Guard dispatched a HH-65C Dolphin Helicopter which hoisted the injured fisherman and transported him to Brownsville Air Port wherein he later received care at a local hospital. Coast Guard pilot Derek Mitchell stated, “It was rough weather out there today, but we worked together with our partner agencies and were fortunate to be able to safely medevac this gentleman,” The fisherman’s condition is unknown.

The Gloucester Times reports a fishermen aboard the Gloucester-based fishing boat Grace Marie was airlifted by Coast Guard rescue helicopter after being seriously injured.

The Coast Guard reports, the fishing vessel was 10 miles north of Provincetown on December 30, 2010 when Coast Guard Sector Boston watchstanders received a call from the Grace Marie captain that a 52 year old crewmember had sustained an arm injury.

A HH-60 rescue helicopter crew, a 47′ motor lifeboat crew from Station Provincetown, and the 87′ patrol boat Tiger Shark launched immediately to aid the injured man. A boarding team from the Tiger Shark stabilized the fisherman and transferred him to the 47′ motor lifeboat to be hoisted by the helicopter crew at midnight.

Cape Cod Today reports the Coast Guard dispatched rescue crews to aid fishermen from a fishing vessel taking on water after a collision southeast of Hull, Massachusetts on January 11, 2011.

Coast Guard Sector Boston received a distress call from the 600′ bulk carrier vessel, West Bay, stating they and the 51′ fishing vessel Michael Brandon, collided 20 miles southeast of Hull. The West Bay reported no damage to its hull, but the Michael Brandon had extensive damage to the bow.

A Coast Guard HH-60 Jayhawk rescue helicopter, from Air Station Cape Cod, and a 47-foot Motor Life Boat crew, from Station Point Allerton, diverted to the scene of the collision.

Cape Cod Today reports an aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod medically evacuated a fisherman from the vessel Sammy Jo 70-miles east of Gloucester, Massachusetts on January 5, 2010.

Coast Guard Sector Boston received a call from the Sammy Jo stating that a 55-year-old male crewmember aboard had sustained a head injury two days before and was now experiencing swelling.

After consulting the flight surgeon at Air Station Cape Cod, the fisherman was medevaced to Massachusetts General Hospital.

WMBB 13 reports Vicki Trickey, 50, of Wewahitchka, Christopher Goodwin, 28, of Southport and boat operator Richard Lancaster, 60, of Port St. Joe were able to swim to shore after hours in the water on December 27, 2010. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission theorize that their 20′ vessel hit a large wave and capsized. The fishermen were treated on-scene for hypothermia.

The Santa Rosa reports an Oregon man aboard the crab boat Carmillo severed the tips of two fingers on November 19, 2010 as he pulled the last crab pots onto the vessel about a half mile outside Bodega Bay. The U.S. Coast Guard stated the fisherman’s fingertips were severed when they got caught in the crab block pulley system used to haul the crab pots on deck.

Fellow fishermen aboard the Carmillo reported the emergency to the Coast Guard. The fisherman was conscious and standing up when the Coast Guard arrived. The Coast Guard bandaged the hand and took him to shore. There a Bodega Bay Fire Department ambulance took the fisherman to Palm Drive Hospital in Sebastopol for further treatment.

The reports the U.S. Coast Guard found 2 missing lobstermen after their vessel Jacquelyn Ann capsized near the Boston Harbor Islands. The Jacquelyn Ann left Wessagusset Yacht Club in Weymouth, Massachusetts on November 14, 2010 to retrieve lobster traps set near Hull Gut. After the Jacquelyn Ann was reported as being overdue, the Coast Guard launched boat crews from Station Boston and Station Point Allerton and a rescue helicopter was dispatched from Air Station Cape Cod. One lobsterman was found on Little Brewster Island and was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital for treatment. The second lobsterman was found “unresponsive” in the water and was later pronounced dead.

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