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New Bedford Emergency Crews Save Fisherman After Freak Accident


Quick action by New Bedford Police, Fire, and EMS crews saved the life of a fisherman over the weekend.

A fisherman aboard the clam boat “Misty Dawn” out of New Bedford was struck in the abdomen by loose rigging on the ship, causing a life-threatening injury.

The Coast Guard was alerted by the crew, but was unable to render immediate assistance. Luckily, off-duty Port Security Patrolman David Roy heard the call for help, and coordinated with Fire and EMS crews to dispatch a fire boat to the “Misty Dawn” which was heading into port.

EMS Deputy Director Steve Arruda says the fisherman was in rough shape when help arrived.

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Arruda says EMS crews treated the man, who was conscious within minutes. The unidentified fisherman was transported to Rhode Island Trauma Center where he’s making a recovery.

Firefighters Charlie Bailey, Kyle Canastra, Emmanuel Soares, and EMS workers Bill Sullivan, Jennifer Cabral, and Mike Thomas are all credited with the rescue.

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