Zumwalt rescues captain on fishing boat
A helicopter from the U.S Coast Guard and a crew from the U.S.S. Zumwalt helped rescue a fisherman in distress early Saturday morning.
According to media reports Saturday, around 3 a.m., the Coast Guard received a distress call from the 45-foot fishing boat Danny Boy. The captain, an unidentified 46-year old man, was having chest pains and needed medical help. The Danny Boy was about 40 nautical miles southeast of Portland.
The U.S.S. Zumwalt, the Navy’s brand new stealth destroyer, was performing sea drills near the scene and offered to help. The Zumwalt sent a small crew to the fishing boat and transferred the captain aboard the destroyer until the USCG was able to airlift him to the Portland Jetport.
‘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.’
The fishing captain is now recovering at Maine Medical Center.
The U.S.S. Zumwalt was built at Bath Iron Works and was just deployed to sea earlier this week.