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 (Canadian Coast Guard)

Just after 3 a.m. on August 1 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.

Coast Guard officials say the vessel contacted the Coast Guard’s Marine Communications and Traffic Services Centre in Sarnia with a request for assistance.

A crew member was reported to be suffering from severe abdominal pain, Coast Guard officials say.

The MCTS Centre was able to connect the ship with a doctor.

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.

They successfully assisted the patient from the ship and transported him to Sarnia Bay and into the care of Lambton Emergency Medical Services.

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