The U.S. Navy’s new stealth destroyer, USS Zumwalt, interrupted its sea trials to assist the U.S Coast Guard and their MH-60 helicopter in evacuating a man 40 nautical miles southeast of Portland, USA, on December 12.
At approximately 3 a.m Saturday, Coast Guard Sector Northern New England watchstanders received a call from the 45-foot fishing boat Danny Boy stating the captain was experiencing chest pains and needed medical assistance.
A MH-60 Jayhawk from Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod was launched to medevac the patient. However, once on scene, the aircrew determined the hoist too dangerous due to the configuration of Danny Boy’s deck.
Sector Northern New England issued an urgent marine information broadcast requesting assistance from nearby vessels.
The Zumwalt was conducting sea trials offshore and offered assistance. Zumwalt launched a small boat crew and transferred the injured captain to the destroyer. From there, the Coast Guard air crew successfully hoisted the man and transported him to the Portland Jetport where awaiting EMS took him to Maine Medical Center for further medical care.