The Montauk Coast Guard station’s 47-foot motor lifeboat rescued a man with a serious head injury sustained while sailing 22 miles southeast of Block Island on Tuesday morning. The injury occurred when the master of the 42-foot sailboat Barley Corn slipped on the deck.
Petty Officer First Class Tom Twomley of the Montauk station, who commanded the motor lifeboat, said it took an hour to reach the Barley Corn. The five people on board had kept pressure on the wound but estimated that their captain had lost as much as two pints of blood.
The man, whose name was not released, was given first aid and taken aboard the lifeboat while a Coast Guard helicopter hovered overhead. The injured sailor was then placed in a basket stretcher and hoisted aboard the chopper. He was taken to Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod, and from there transferred to Rhode Island Hospital in Providence, where he was listed in stable condition yesterday.