From Mike Murphy, Fire Rescue Chief, Marco Island Fire-Rescue department .
Marco Island Fire Rescue received a call at 4:20 PM on Janyuary 29th from Coast Guard St Pete requesting us to respond to a boating accident with injury at Marker 27.
A boater had run aground and an individual on board sustained injuries. We initiated our MERT response and Marco island, Isle of Capri, Collier County Sheriff and FWC were notified.
Because of the described condition of the patient and the shallow location, we had the opportunity to also respond with our new boat.
Marco Island reached the boat and patient and was able to quickly get the patient onto our new boat and treatment area. The boat and treatment area performed as designed and the paramedics had plenty of room and were able to easily treat the patient and monitor all vitals while transporting to the awaiting ambulance. The patient was declared a trauma alert and transported by helicopter to Lee Memorial Hospital.