Crewmembers from Coast Guard Station Cape May, N.J., medically evacuate a 57-year-old woman from the 42-foot sailing vessel Affinity near Cape May Sunday, June 9, 2013.

CAPE MAY — The Coast Guard aided a 57-year-old woman who was injured after the sailboat she was on near the Cape May Ferry Terminal Sunday ran aground.

The operator of the 42-foot sailboat Affinity notified watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay via VHF-FM radio that they had run aground and his passenger suffered a rib injury after falling into the boat's railing.

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A boat crew from Coast Guard Station Cape May then responded aboard a 45-foot Response Boat. When they arrived, they placed the woman on a backboard and carried her up from the sailboat's cabin. She was experiencing chest pain, back pain and difficulty breathing.

Once she arrived on shore, she was transferred to personnel from the Cape May Fire Department.

"We appreciate the help we received from the captain of the motor vessel Cape Henlopen, which operates out of the Cape May Ferry Terminal," said Petty Officer 1st Class Eric Vedder, Station Cape May's operations petty officer. "The Cape Henlopen maintained communications with the sailing vessel Affinity until we arrived on scene and they even had EMS personnel standing by at the at the ferry terminal. However, due to the patient's condition, the decision was made to bring her to Station Cape May."


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