The U.S. Navy’s newest stealth destroyer USS Zumwalt was called into service while conducting her first sea trials yesterday. U.S. Coasties received a call for medical assistance from a vessel off the coast of Portland, Maine.
A helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod was dispatched to the scene but an air lift rescue was determined to be too risky. A request for assistance from nearby vessels was issued – to which USS Zumwalt answered.
Coast Guard News: 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.
Read more from Coast Guard News here…
by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee