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U.S. Coast Guard teams up with Canadians to save a vessel's crew member

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. -- The U.S. Coast Guard and Canadian affiliates worked together to save a 53-year-old-man from a vessel on Lake Superior, Thursday.

According to authorities the Coast Guard received a call around 4 a.m. from a merchant ship, requesting a medevac of James R. Barker, a crew member exhibiting medically urgent behavior.

Officials say the vessel was in Canadian waters and Joint Rescue Coordination Centre Trenton assumed command of the incident, and then requested U.S. Coast Guard air support from Station Traverse City, Michigan.

Lieutenant  Ted Borny a Jayhawk Pilot at Air Station Traverse City and case pilot stated "The U.S. Coast Guard works closely with our Canadian counterparts on a regular basis for search and rescue, ice operations and numerous other missions across our shared maritime border."

According to both parties Barker was successfully hoisted from the vessel, and then airlifted to Marathon, Ontario, where he was then transported by EMS to a medical facility in Saulte Ste. Marie, Ontario.

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