Coast Guard evacuates crew member from ship out of Two HarborsThe Coast Guard reported Tuesday night that it aided in a medical evacuation of a 45-year-old crewman Tuesday afternoon from the ship Joseph L. Block after it left Two Harbors Monday loaded with iron ore.
By: News Chronicle staff, Lake County News Chronicle
The Coast Guard reported Tuesday night that it aided in a medical evacuation of a 45-year-old crewman Tuesday afternoon from the ship Joseph L. Block after it left Two Harbors Monday loaded with iron ore.
According to the Coast Guard, the 728-foot vessel was 30 miles east of Copper Harbor, Mich., and the Keweenaw Peninsula on Lake Superior when the man, who wasn’t named, reported tightness in his chest and difficulty breathing.
A Coast Guard search-and-rescue coordinator in Sault Sainte Marie, Mich., got word of the man’s medical condition about 5:30 a.m. Tuesday and it was determined that he should be evacuated from the ship. Joseph L. Block crew was instructed to chart closer to Marquette, Mich., and a Coast Guard boat met the ship at 2:25 p.m. when the ship was 1.5 miles from shore there.
Medical teams were waiting at the Coast Guard station in Marquette. The man was listed in stable condition by medical staff.
The ship went on its way, nearing the locks at Sault Sainte Marie late Tuesday and eventually heading to Indiana Harbor on Lake Michigan, south of Chicago.
It was the third Coast Guard evacuation from the ship this shipping season. Crewmen were taken off the ship in May and June for stomach pains and dizziness.
The Coast Guard took Lake Superior crewmen off two other ships in April.