Water too rough for medical transfer off boat

A 30-year old Grand Rapids man out on a charter fishing trip on Lake Michigan suffered a medical problem and was brought back to shore by the fishing boat, when it was determined that conditions were too rough to make a transfer.
Becky Vargo
Aug 2, 2012


 A Coast Guard crew from Station Grand Haven responded to the call for help at about 9:15 a.m.

 The man was on the Desperado, a charter fishing boat owned by Capt. Bob McKee. The boat operates out of Grand Isle Marina. It was about two and a half miles offshore at the time.

 Capt. Bob McKee Jr. was on the boat this morning. He said they called the Coast Guard for help after the man passed out a couple of times.

 “They came out, but it was a little bumpy out there,” McKee said. “So we brought him back in to Government Basin.”

 Grand Haven Department of Public Safety officers and a North Ottawa Community Hospital ambulance crew met the boat at the Coast Guard Station.

 McKee said the man had caught a nice King Salmon before the incident. He said the boat had left the dock about 6 a.m. for the outing.

 The man was alert and talking to the Coast Guard on the way back to shore, McKee said.


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