Coasties Rescue Man With Hypoglycemia

A mariner is towed into port after receiving medical assistance from a Coast Guard Station Humboldt Bay 47-foot Motor Lifeboat crew near Patrick's Point in Trinidad

A mariner is towed into port after receiving medical assistance from a Coast Guard Station Humboldt Bay 47-foot Motor Lifeboat crew near Patrick’s Point in Trinidad…[Photo provided by the US Coast Guard]

Press release from the Coast Guard:

The Coast Guard assisted a 55-year-old mariner who was reportedly experiencing symptoms of hypoglycemia while underway on his 29-foot sailboat five miles northwest of Patrick’s Point near Trinidad, Wednesday evening.

The man notified Coast Guard Station Humboldt Bay personnel around 3 p.m. that he was sailing alone without medication for diabetes aboard and needed help.

The Coast Guard Station Humboldt Bay crew relayed the call to watchstanders at Sector Humboldt Bay, who initiated a 30-minute communication schedule with the boater to check on his condition. The watchstanders also consulted the duty flight surgeon, who recommended crews deliver glucose gel to the boater.

A Station Humboldt Bay 47-foot Motor Lifeboat crew and a Sector Humboldt Bay MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew launched to assist the man. Once they arrived on scene, the helicopter crew lowered the gel to the Motor Lifeboat crew, who delivered it to the man.

After the man’s condition stabilized, he remained on his sailboat while the Coast Guard crew towed him to Woodley Island Marina around 9 p.m.

The man did not request further medical attention at the time.



  • Outstanding! Thank you, Coasties.

  • Dude, pack a candy bar next time

  • (To the tune of Southern Cross by CSN&Y)
    🎼got outta town on a boat…
    Strange i was feelin…
    Sailing a reach….
    I started getting moody..
    I was makin for the point known as Patricks..
    And i totally forgot about my diabetes..
    off the wind on this heading lies eureka, got 29 feet of waterline..
    nicely making way..
    From a noisy bar in trinidad i tried to call you..
    Then around 3pm i realized….
    I should have brought some lemonade..
    Think about…
    Think about how many times my blood sugars fall.. fallen..
    My energy level drops and station humboldt bay im call.. call’n…
    The glucose gel they brought out to me should not have been forgot-otten..
    I been around..
    I have arouuund this boat..
    For a soda or some fruit….
    And i dont know
    How much does helicopter fuel cost??….
    My insolin got lost🎶🎸🎵🎶🎶
    (Steven Stills solo)

  • Captian James Cook would have had sour kraute aboard. Cures post halloween LBS and the scurvy same time.GREAT work Coasties! Hope Mariner gets a bill. Good practice i presume. Would we call that a code”W”?

  • Seriously he didn’t have a granola bar onboard? Sounds more like he got bored or hit the doldrums.

  • Hope the gel cured his ignorance. Talk about wasting taxpayers dollars… in another article posted today.

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