Coast Guard airlifts two from Martha's Vineyard
An Air Station Cape Cod HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew airlifted two people from Martha's Vineyard Hospital to Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston in separate flights this morning.
The first flight landed 3:13 a.m. after transporting a 76-year-old female suffering from a head injury after she slipped and fell.
The helicopter crew launched again from the island carrying a 77-year-old female suffering from internal bleeding and arrived at the hopital helipad, 7:40 a.m.
The current condition of both patients is unknown.
Private medical flights were not available due to poor weather conditions.
"In an emergency situation, the Coast Guard has the capability to fly in bad weather," said Lt. Mike Nalli from the First Coast Guard District Command Center in Boston. "Both flights landed safely and without incident."
The Coast Guard responded to reports that the 180-foot barge Sei 17 sank in Quincy Shipyard in Quincy, with no one aboard, spilling an unknown amount of diesel fuel into the water at about 8:45 p.m., Sunday.
"Assets from Station Point Allerton arrived on scene shortly after the Coast Guard received notification, and we dispatched a petty officer from Sector Boston to investigate the situation," said Ensign Shelly Wyman, of Sector Boston's incident management branch.
Shipyard personnel deployed fuel-containment boom and contacted Cyn Environmental, a private contracting company, to continue containment and clean-up efforts.
The cause of the incident is under investigation.