Injured fisherman medevacked to St. John’s from offshore vessel

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An injured fisherman from a Portuguese vessel was medevacked to St. John’s late this morning by a  Cormorant search and rescue helicopter and taken to the Health Sciences Centre for treatment.

The Canadian Coast Guard’s Maj. Martel Thompson said it was the second attempt to rescue the injured fisherman. The call initially came in at noon on Monday. A rescue effort was co-ordinated to reach the vessel that was 254 nautical miles offshore, but poor weather hindered the efforts.

“Once at the location we tried to hoist the patient aboard with no success. We returned for fuel and were successful on the second attempt,” said Thompson.

Another attempt was made today, this time successfully. Weather still didn’t allow the chopper to land directly at the Health Sciences Centre so it landed at St. John's airport where the patiant was transferred to a waiting ambulance.

Organizations: Canadian Coast Guard, Health Sciences Centre

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  • m
    December 10, 2013 - 23:45


    December 10, 2013 - 14:17

    Did they check the gas gauge before taking off on the first attempt?

  • Corporate Psycho
    December 10, 2013 - 12:58

    Couldn't these people help themselves like they do on the Ottawa River? Huh will send a chopper for a foreign national but not a Burton Winters.

  • Victor
    December 10, 2013 - 12:49

    Hi There, can you please let us know the name of the vessel from which the person was rescued? Some of us here in Canada have relatives working on those boats. Here are some of the names of Portuguese fishing boats operating the area outside St. John's: - Santa Cristina; -Santa Isabel; -Pascoal Atlântico; - Santa Mafalda Thank you.