Bleeding man airlifted from Lake Erie freighter to Windsor airport
A Coast Guard air crew from Detroit transfers a 57-year-old man to paramedics at the Windsor International Airport on Oct. 27, 2013. (U.S. Coast Guard)
Published Monday, October 28, 2013 9:02AM EDT
Last Updated Monday, October 28, 2013 1:51PM EDT
A United States Coast Guard crew airlifted an injured 57-year-old Canadian man from a commercial vessel in Lake Erie.
A search and rescue team from Selfridge Air National Guard Base was dispatched to the vessel Algoma Enterprise in the vicinity of Pelee Passage around 2:00 p.m. Sunday.
The 57-year-old man aboard was reportedly suffering from severe bleeding.
The air crew lowered a rescue swimmer, who is a trained emergency medical technician, to the ship to facilitate the airlift.
After the safe airlift of the patient, the air crew transported him to Windsor International Airport where emergency medical services were awaiting.
The medevac was completed just after 4 p.m., with the man in stable condition. Officials say he was taken to a Windsor hospital, treated and released.
Helicopter aircraft commander Lieutenant Jim Emrich says these missions are routine. "We train as often as we can so all our cases will run as routinely as possible."
The coast guard is not releasing the man's name.