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Coast Guard: Fisherman dies after medical emergency off Long Island

A fisherman who suffered a medical emergency aboard a lobster boat off Long Island died early Monday despite efforts to save him, the U.S. Coast Guard said.

The Coast Guard said the fisherman, whom they declined to identify, was aboard the 57-foot Lady Clare, heading to Point Judith, Rhode Island, when the crew contacted them late Sunday to report he was "having difficulty breathing."

The Coast Guard said the incident occurred 31 nautical miles south of Shinnecock Inlet and said that, about 1 a.m., the fishing vessel -- while en route to Coast Guard Station Shinnecock -- reported the crew member had stopped breathing in 4-foot seas, about 6 miles offshore.

A response boat from Coast Guard Station Shinnecock met the Lady Clare and the fisherman was transferred to awaiting EMS crews at the Oakland Marina for transport to Southampton Hospital, the Coast Guard said.

The patient was pronounced dead at Southampton, the Coast Guard said.

"A loss like this is especially hard for everyone involved," Station Shinnecock commanding officer Chief Warrant Officer Andrew White said in a statement. "Our deepest condolences go out to the victim's family and his fellow crew members aboard the Lady Clare."

With Patricia Kitchen

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