Why Did Navy’s Largest Warship Rescue 46-Year-Old Boat Captain?


The U.S. Navy’s future stealth destroyer, USS Zumwalt, responded to a medical emergency call and helped to rescue a fisherman early Saturday off the Maine coast.

The call received around 3 a.m. to help Danny Boy, a fishing boat captain, who was having a chest pain and his position was about 40 miles southeast of Portland.

The Coast Guard officials dispatched a helicopter from Air Station Cape Cod for the help, but was unable to pull the fisherman up because of the boat’s deck configuration.

Zumwalt, which was conducting sea trials at that time, was called for the help, and the warship’s administration sent a small boat to transfer the captain to the destroyer’s deck, from where the helicopter was ready to transport the patient to shore for hospitalization.

“Our main concern with this type of medical emergency is to recover the patient safely and transport them to a higher level care as quickly as possible,” says Lt. David Bourbeau, public affairs officer at Sector Northern New England. “Fortunately the Zumwalt was operating in the area and was able to provide valuable assistance.”

Zumwalt is a $4.3 billion new stealth destroyer, which is being tested by Bath Iron Works for performance. The ship is expected the join the Navy’s fleet next year.