US Coast Guard Rescues Fisherman After Serious Stingray Injury
Last weekend, the U.S. Coast Guard rescued a fisherman who was seriously injured by a 300-pound stingray while trawling off Long Island.
James McKenna, crew member on board the trawler Shelby Anne, was working on board Sunday night when he was struck by a giant stingray. The creature left two spikes over 6 inches deep embedded in its leg.
His teammates provided first aid and issued a VHF distress call to the US Coast Guard area Long Island Sound. The command center consulted with a flight surgeon, who recommended an immediate medical evacuation, and a Jayhawk helicopter crew from Cape Cod Air Force Base set out to help.
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Lt. Andrew Doyle, who was on the flight, told local media the victim was screaming when they arrived at the scene, and he was very grateful to be hoisted aboard and transported to a Rhode Island hospital.
“[The crew] had removed [the barb] before we got there, but it had left a significant part still embedded in his leg, ”Doyle told the local WJAR. “We took it with us to the hospital so that the doctors, doctors, nurses could assess the extent of the damage and what to do with it. “
Stingray beards are poisonous, and although the venom is rarely fatal, large-radius puncture wounds cause extreme pain and can create a dangerous risk of infection. About 1,500 to 2,000 stingray injuries are reported each year in the United States, according to the National Capital Poison Center.