Commercial fishing boat captain pronounced dead at Cape Cod Hospital Monday
The United States Coast Guard reports that an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod responded to an emergency call from the fishing vessel Sao Paulo around 5:30 a.m. Monday morning. The crew of the Sao Paulo relayed a message from the 81-foot fishing vessel Virginia Sands, out of New Bedford, that the 62-year-old captain of the ship had collapsed and was unconscious.
The Jayhawk crew arrived around 8 a.m. and airlifted the unconscious captain to the Barnstable Municipal Airport in Hyannis from the ship's location 114-miles east of Chatham.
The captain, whose name has not been released, was transported to Cape Cod Hospital where he was pronounced dead. The crew of the Virginia Sands had performed CPR on the captain until he was breathing and had a weak pulse, according to the Coast Guard.
"For this to happen during the holiday season is especially tragic," said Lt. Joe Klinker, 1st Coast Guard District public affairs officer. "These cases are never easy for anyone and our prayers and thoughts go out to the captain's family and friends."