LAKE FOREST – The Lake Forest Fire Department assisted the U.S. Coast Guard on an emergency medical services call on Wednesday, May 24, to provide advanced life support to a 77-year-old Waukegan man suffering a cardiac emergency.
At 11:38 a.m., rescue personnel were dispatched to a 47-foot private fishing vessel on Lake Michigan off the Lake Forest boat launch at Forest Park Beach, according to Battalion Chief Eric Globerger of the Lake Forest Fire Department. The Coast Guard received the call of a man suffering chest pain and deployed from its Wilmette station while simultaneously notifying Lake Forest’s dispatch center requesting assistance.
In six-foot waves, the LFPD launched its 14-foot inflatable boat with three paramedics. A second inflatable boat provided by Lake Forest Sailing Club staffed with fire department personnel was launched to assist rescue efforts and provide support.
While Lake Forest paramedics were providing care and as the patient was being packaged for transfer onto the Coast Guard boat, he went into cardiac arrest, Globerger told DailyNorthShore. The rescue personnel initiated CPR, and the transfer was made successfully, he said. CPR continued while the Coast Guard brought the patient into the Lake Forest harbor where he was transferred into a waiting ambulance and transported to Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital. As of 9:15 p.m. on May 24, he was in the ICU and in critical condition.
There was one minor injury to a firefighter.