Man falls from lobster boat off Martha's Vineyard, rushed to Falmouth Hospital Wednesday

Man falls from lobster boat off Martha's Vineyard, rushed to Falmouth Hospital Wednesday

An 18-year-old man was transported to Falmouth Hospital Wednesday, after falling from a lobster boat off the coast of Martha's Vineyard, according to a release from the United States Coast Guard.

The Fairhaven-based lobster boat Helen Irene was in Lambert's Cove around 11:35 a.m. when the unidentified crew member's leg became entangled in line and he was dragged overboard. The man had been underwater for two minutes before his crewmates were able to pull him from the water.

The crew of the Helen Irene notified the Coast Guard that the man had fallen overboard and was unresponsive when pulled on deck. Members of the crew performed CPR and revived the man, according to Petty Officer 3rd Class Connie Terrell.

Coast Guard crewmen aboard a 25-foot response boat out of Station Woods Hole transported the man back to Woods Hole, where they were met by paramedics who rushed the man to Falmouth Hospital.  His condition is unknown at this time.  "Having someone on board who knew CPR may have saved this man's life," said Petty Officer 1st Class Carson Russell, the search and rescue controller at the sector.

Since the beginning of the year, sector crews have rescued 44 and assisted 322 others, according to the Coast Guard.

Source: United States Coast Guard.

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