Canadian Coast Guard assists ailing crew member from commercial ship on St Clair River

Students serve as summer workers as Inshore Rescue Boat crew

The Canadian Coast Guard crew stationed at Port Lambton on the St Clair River had an early start to the day assisting a crew member on a cargo ship. From left to right Crew member Kaitlyn Francis, Coxswain Maddie Denomme, and crew member Connor Chambers

Just after 3 a.m. Wednesday, August 1, 2018, the Canadian Coast Guard’s Inshore Rescue Boat crew stationed on the St. Clair River at Port Lambton performed a medical evacuation involving a cargo ship.

The vessel contacted the Coast Guard’s Marine Communications and Traffic Services Centre in Sarnia with a request for assistance after a crew member was reported to be suffering from severe abdominal pain.

The MCTS Centre was able to connect the ship with a doctor and the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre in Trenton tasked the Coast Guard’s Inshore Rescue Boat from Port Lambton to respond.

In a heavy downpour the Coast Guard rescue crew of three met the cargo ship about three nautical miles north of Stag Island, successfully assisting the patient from the ship and transported him to Sarnia Bay Marina and into the care of Lambton Emergency Medical Services.

The Coast Guard crew members on duty at Port Lambton are post secondary students working in the Coast Guard’s Search and Rescue program during the busy summer months.

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